I do not have to go down there, at least not until the end of February. However the judge awarded my ex all of xmas break. He has to cover travel both ways. The judge is not supposed to discuss breaks at ex parte's so we weren't expecting(well sort of considering you have to expect anything with crazy judge) that. My lawyer brought up the arrest/halfway house and the judge didn't care. The judge specifically stated that my ex will take good care of the children and protect them from any harm. I'm thankful I can take my finals and not have to travel and be responsible for expenses. I am devastated that I don't get to spend any of xmas with my children. My babies that I birthed and have never missed a single xmas with. I don't want to tell them because I know they are going to be so upset.
The mandatory hearing will be overseen by a new judge in February and so will our request to move the case here and also to cover the sactions we are imposing from my ex's abusing the court system. Hopefully at that point we can get some justice. I need to go cry.