Emergency custody is a process that can be used to protect a child from harm. It can be used if there is evidence that the child is being abused or neglected or if the child is in danger of being removed from the home by the state. Emergency custody can also be used if the child needs medical care that the parent is unable or unwilling to provide.
Emergency custody can be granted by a judge temporarily, or it can be made permanent if there is enough evidence to show that the child is in danger on a long-term basis. It is important to note that emergency custody is different from child protective services, which is a government agency that investigates reports of child abuse or neglect.
Getting Emergency Custody
There are many reasons why someone might seek emergency custody, but the most common is to protect a child from an abusive parent. Other reasons include protecting a child from a parent with a substance abuse problem.
If you are seeking emergency custody, you will need to show that there is an immediate threat to the safety of the child in question. This can be done by presenting evidence of abuse, neglect, or other harm that the child has suffered in the past. You will also need to show that there is no other way to protect the child from this danger.
Emergency custody is typically granted by a judge after a hearing. The hearing is held to determine if there is evidence to support allegations of abuse or neglect or if the child is in danger. If the judge finds there is enough evidence to support the allegations, they will grant emergency custody to the child’s other parent, a relative, or a foster parent. The judge may also order that the child be placed in a safe environment, such as a foster home until the situation can be resolved.
Emergency custody is usually temporary, and the judge will typically set a date for a follow-up hearing to review the situation. If the allegations of abuse or neglect are proven, the judge may grant permanent custody to the other parent, a relative, or a foster parent. If the allegations are not confirmed, the child will be returned to the custody of the parent.
Emergency custody can be a complex and emotional process for both the child and the parent. It is important to remember that emergency custody is meant to be a temporary measure to protect the child from harm. Once the situation has been resolved, the child will be returned to the custody of the parent.
The Help You Need
If you need an emergency custody order, GPS Law Group can help. We have extensive experience assisting clients to obtain emergency custody orders in Charlotte, Gastonia, Concord, Huntersville, and the surrounding North Carolina communities and counties.
If you are concerned for the safety of your child or children, contact us at (704) 549-1950 or use our online contact form to send a message and set up a free consultation. We can help you obtain the emergency custody order you need to protect your child or children.