This is the first post in a series which will discuss emergency requests to change child custody in Little Rock and elsewhere in Arkansas. We are writing on this topic due to the fact that, for obvious reasons, many parents are unsure of how to proceed when their son or daughter is in danger. If an emergency situation truly exists then it is important that immediate action be taken. The goal of our coming articles are to provide information which will help parents to better understand their options. It is also our goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of a child custody attorney. If you require assistance then contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
We will be addressing multiple topics over our coming articles. Issues which we will analyze include:
- What the Courts will consider an “emergency”
- The process of filing for an emergency change of custody
- The need for discovery in such cases
- The ramifications of making false claims in such a request
- Whether a parent should contact Child Protective Services
There are several reasons why it is important to discuss these issues. First, Judges typically only consider a matter to be an “emergency” if the child’s physical or mental well being is in danger. The fact that one parent may disagree with their counterpart’s approach is not a basis for requesting an immediate hearing. Second, knowing what to expect from the legal process can help to ensure that thing’s go smoothly. Third, if one wishes to prove that the other parent is presenting some type of danger then the discovery process is how proof of such a danger is gathered. Fourth, making false claims in an effort to gain custody can result in one having their own time with the child reduced. Finally, it is important to understand when, and when not, to call CPS.
One point we cannot stress enough is that you should contact an attorney as soon as possible if you have questions about your situation. No two cases are the same and how the Court will rule in any given circumstance will depend on the particulars of your case. Our Little Rock child custody lawyers believe that everyone is entitled to aggressive representation and we are ready to assist you. Contact us today. We also handle matters in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Springdale, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Conway, Rogers, Pine Bluff and throughout the rest of Arkansas.