This is the first post in a series which will address the topic of obtaining temporary child custody in Little Rock and elsewhere in Arkansas. I believe it is necessary to write on this issue due to the fact that parents sometimes find themselves in a situation where they need to take immediate action. Unfortunately, many parents who find themselves in such a situation make the mistake of taking matters into their own hands or, worse, not knowing how to proceed. If you are in a situation which requires immediate attention then it is important that you know how the legal system expects you to proceed. The goal of my coming articles is to provide information which will assist people in better understanding their situation. It is also my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of a lawyer. If you are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a family law attorney.
I will be addressing a number of topics over my coming articles. The issues which I will address include:
- The need to avoid “self help” in child custody cases
- The need to contact an attorney before calling DCFS
- How to obtain an emergency temporary custody order
- The process of making a temporary custody order permanent
I am addressing these topics for a number of reasons. First, many concerned parents make the mistake of violating their current custody order by either refusing to return the child to their counterpart or taking the child in violation of their current order. This type of “self help” can actually result in the Court granting more time to the other parent. Second, there are few instances, if any, where a parent should contact an attorney before calling the Division of Children and Family Services. Third, the process of obtaining an emergency order can be swift and can often be accomplished in as little as a few days. Finally, understanding the process for making the order permanent can help to ensure that the matter goes more smoothly.
If you or a loved one are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a Little Rock child custody lawyer. We understand that this is a serious time in your life and we will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us online or by telephone today. We also handle matters in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Springdale, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Conway, Rogers, Pine Bluff, and throughout the remainder of Arkansas.