This is the first article in a series that will discuss specifics in regards to obtaining a temporary emergency child custody order in the state of Florida. We previously discussed filing for emergency child custody in a variety of contexts. This series will expand upon that discussion by looking at the process by which a parent can take immediate action if their son or daughter is in danger. I am writing on this topic due to the fact that many parents do not know what to do when the situation seems dire. The goal of my coming articles is to provide information which will help people to understand their situation. It is also my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of a family law attorney. If you are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a Melbourne lawyer.
I will be addressing a number of topics over my coming articles. The issues which I will analyze include:
- The need to avoid “self help” in emergency situations
- The need to speak with an attorney before contacting DCF
- The process of gaining a temporary emergency custody order
- Making a temporary custody change permanent
I have chosen to address these topics for various reasons. First, many parents make the understandable mistake of taking matters into their own hands when they believe their child is at risk. Unfortunately, engaging in self-help will often have negative consequences in subsequent child custody proceedings. Second, there are few situations in which a parent should contact DCF before contacting counsel. Third, the process of obtaining an emergency order will move quickly and it is important to know what one should expect from that process. Finally, while the Court may act quickly in emergency situations, the process of making a change permanent can take some time.
If you believe that you require immediate assistance then contact my office online or by telephone to speak with a Melbourne child custody lawyer. Our office is dedicated to the area of domestic relations law and we understand that nothing is more important than one’s children. We strive to provide quality service and we are ready to assist you. Contact us today. We also serve the cities of Titusville, Cocoa, Palm Bay, Grant, Valkaria, and Rockledge, as well as in the Indian River County areas of Fellsmere, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Indian River Shores, and Orchid.