Emergency Hearings

What is an “Emergency Situation?” 

The Court’s immediate intervention is needed because a child faces severe harm, unless immediate action is taken by the Court. This harm could be physical or emotional and immediate or threatened. A concerning situation in existence longer than 3 days would generally not be considered an “emergency situation.”

How do I request an Emergency Hearing?

If your situation meets the definition of “Emergency Situation” above, follow these 3 steps:

  1. File a Motion or Complaint for the Allocation of Parental Rights and Responsibilities or Third Party Custody, along with a Request for Emergency Hearing and a Supporting Affidavit. All forms can be found on the website or requested within the Clerk's Office. 
  2. A Magistrate or Judge will review your Request for Emergency Hearing and will determine whether or not to grant it based on the information provided on the Request and Affidavit. If your request is granted, the Emergency Hearing will be scheduled within 24 - 72 hours. 
  3. You will be required to provide notice to all necessary parties BEFORE the Emergency Hearing. Notice should include a copy of the motion and the date, time and location of the Emergency Hearing. 

Individual Forms

ID #Document Name
70748Parent or Legal Custodian Request for Emergency Hearing with Supporting Affidavit
77268Third Party Request for Emergency Hearing with Supporting Affidavit
Individual Forms Related to Emergency Hearings

Court Forms

NOTE: The above is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. Each situation varies. You are encouraged to seek legal advice from a qualified attorney.