This post is written to conclude and recap our series on the handling of emergency child custody cases in Little Rock, Arkansas. We felt it necessary to address this topic due to the fact that, for understandable reasons, many parents are unsure as to how they should proceed when they believe their son or daughter is in danger. Some may feel the need to immediately contact law enforcement while others may contact Child Protective Services. The goal of our last several articles has been to provide information which will help parents to better understand their situations. It has also been our goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of a family law attorney. If you require assistance then contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
We have addressed several topics in our recent articles. Topics which we addressed include:
- Whether your child custody situation is an “emergency”
- How to file for a change of child custody
- Discovery in child custody cases
- The consequences for false child custody claims
- When parents should contact Child Protective Services
There are several reasons why we chose to address these topics. First, what many parents believe are emergencies are, in fact, not. A simple disagreement with the other parent does not constitute an emergency. The Court will not consider the matter urgent unless there is truly a threat to the child’s well-being. Second, understanding the process for changing custody can help to ensure that things go smoothly. Third, discovery is crucial to accumulating evidence which will be needed in your case. Fourth, filing false claims of abuse or neglect can result in the other parent having grounds to modify custody. Finally, many parents err by calling CPS when the facts do not warrant it.
One point we stressed through each of these articles is that you should contact an attorney before filing any requests with the Court. Counsel will help you to understand all of your options and will give you an honest assessment of your situation. Our Little Rock child custody lawyers are able to assist with such matters and they pride themselves on providing quality service. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. We also handle matters in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Springdale, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Conway, Rogers, Pine Bluff and throughout the rest of Arkansas.