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Hi, I'm Lea and I have reviewed your query.
Is there a court order in place stating the children should live with you?
What reason has the father given for not returning the children? How old are they?
Please read the following:
Who did you leave the children with when you went next door?
Okay, well you probably shouldn't have done that and I am sure the father is very annoyed with you for doing so.
If you want the children returned to your care, as there is no order in place, you could turn up and ask the father to hand them over - however as you both have exactly the same parental responsibility for the children (if he is named on their birth certificates) then he is able to refuse to do son on the basis that he feels there are safeguarding issues. If he refuses to return them, then your only option is to apply to court for a specific issues order for him to return the children to your care immediately.
You can do so as a matter of urgency on form C100, the cost for which is £215, unless you are on a low income or benefits in which case you may be entitled to fee remission and should also complete form EX160.
The court will list the matter for an urgent hearing and will ask both you and the father to attend the hearing (mostly being done by phone at present) and give your side of the story. The court will make a decision in the interim and likely list the matter for further hearing so that the issues can be investigated.
You're very welcome.
I hope you get the children back soon - they must be missing you.