In the past I have had problems he has threatened to kill me I have my text messages printed out I've had restraining orders I even have a trespass order in effect now he told my two little girls that he was going to slit my throat and they came back dirty hungry and bit up from bug bites so I moved and changed my phone number what do I do
To provide any insight to this matter, more information is needed, for example:
What is the alleged violation that is the basis of the Motion for Contempt?
Do you have a court-filed custody order which would prevent you from relocating?
Does your ex have visitation rights that he cannot exercise as a result of your move/change in contact information?
With this additional information, an attorney will be better able to offer guidance.
It sounds like you decided to unilaterally withhold your children from their father without first bringing whatever grievances you have about the time-sharing arrangement to the court's attention. If that is true, then you can be held in contempt of court and be ordered to pay the father's attorney's fees and costs, and the father will likely obtain make-up time with the children. While it sounds like you are trying to act in the best interest of your children, what you need to understand is that outside of the context of an intact marriage, the court and a judge has ultimate authority and responsibility for the best interest of your children. You are not entitled to withhold them from the father without convincing a judge that doing so is in their best interest.
As always, if there is an immediate abuse/neglect situation, you can always call the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE or visit http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/service-programs/abuse-hotline/ for additional information. A child protective investigator can shelter the children from their father if there is any immediate concern related to abuse or neglect.
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