Sometimes, parents work together through custody issues over a lengthy period of time. On the other hand, some custody cases are resolved right away and one of the child’s parents is not even notified. For example, some parents who worry about their child’s well-being and have evidence to back up their claims are able to arrange an emergency custody order to protect their child from further harm. 

Physical abuse and other reasons 

There are various factors that explain why parents pursue emergency custody orders. Child abuse that is physical in nature often enables a parent to successfully file for emergency custody of their minor child. Moreover, serious drug and alcohol problems that pose a threat to the child’s safety also lead to many successful emergency custody orders. It is imperative to protect your child and take action to prevent further abuse. 

Gathering evidence 

In order to successfully take this approach, a parent must convince the judge that the child is in danger and that emergency custody is necessary. After all, it is ultimately up to the judge to grant emergency custody. In order to increase the odds of a favorable outcome, it is imperative for parents to gather as much evidence as they can. Text messages, pictures, video footage and reports from eyewitnesses are very helpful in this regard. 

Once these orders are issued, hearings are scheduled and the other parent will have the chance to defend themselves. It is equally important to prepare for this hearing and do everything in your power to safeguard your child’s well-being. Our website covers many other topics related to custody and protecting children.