Take Immediate Action to Protect Your Child
At Skupin Law Group, PLLC, we understand that the safety and well-being of your children is your number one priority. While seeking custody in most cases can be a lengthy and drawn-out process, you cannot afford the risk of waiting. Fortunately, if you believe that your child is in immediate danger while in the custody of your former spouse, you do have options. We are prepared to help you file an emergency petition for custody to remove your child from an unsafe situation.
Our Phoenix custody lawyer, Michael Skupin, has been practicing family law for more than 16 years, and has represented numerous parents who fear for the safety of their children. He is passionate about helping his clients ensure the protection of their children with timeliness and effectiveness. With an Avvo Rating of 9.9 Superb, you can trust that Attorney Skupin will handle your case with the proficiency you need.
We want to equip you with the resources you need to keep your children safe. If your child is in imminent danger:
- Contact local law enforcement if abuse has occurred
- Contact Child Protective Services for assistance removing the child from the unsafe environment
- File for an order of protection to protect a child from threats of possible domestic abuse
- Request an expedited hearing so that a court can address the situation as soon as possible
- Request an emergency order without notice
Regulations for Filing Emergency Petitions
Typically, in order for a court to grant child custody orders, temporary or permanent, the other parent must be notified of your plans to seek the order. However, in very rare cases of proven immediate danger, a court can grant emergency petitions for custody without notifying the other parent. As Arizona courts are extremely weary of granting an order without notice, it is critical that you hire an experienced attorney who knows how to convince a judge that it is necessary.
For a judge to approve an emergency order without notice (an “ex parte order”), the following two points must be proven:
- There is a clear and evident risk of irreparable injury to a child if no order is issued before a hearing with other parent can occur.
- Notice should not be required or has already been reasonably attempted without success.
How do I file for emergency custody?
Our family attorney in Phoenix can provide you with the resources you need to file a petition for emergency custody. The process requires extensive paperwork and documentation to prove that an ex parte order is necessary, including an initial motion, supplementary affidavits, and a written proposal of the order. These documents can be difficult to complete in a manner that is satisfactory to the Arizona court system, so it is crucial that you retain our services.
At Skupin Law Group, PLLC, we understand the necessity for urgency when the well-being of your child is at risk. We are prepared to do anything in our power to help you seek emergency orders for custody so that you can remove your child from a perilous environment. Our Phoenix family lawyers are available evenings and weekends, so we can respond to any emergency with promptness and haste. We will provide a free case evaluation, so you can take the first step without obligation.