If a party feels that a child is in danger of harm if the court does not intervene, they may file for emergency custody. Drug overdose, abuse of some kind, or a variety of other scenarios are examples of true custody crises.
If a custody case hasn’t already been started, the party requesting emergency custody will need to file for custody at the same time as the petition for emergency custody. The judges of the Family Court hear emergency petitions, and they often do a decent job of determining whether situations are really emergencies.
It is advisable for anybody in a potential emergency scenario to seek counsel since, in my experience, what some individuals consider an emergency may not really be a legitimate custody emergency from the Court’s viewpoint.
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