This is the first post in a series which will address the question of how to file an emergency Motion with the Las Vegas Family Court. I have decided to write on this topic due to the fact that many parents are unsure of what steps they should take if their son or daughter is in danger. Taking an incorrect action, such as engaging in self-help, can possibly make the situation worse. The goal of my coming articles, therefore, is to provide information which will help people to better understand the predicament. It is also my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of a family law attorney. If you or a family member are in need of assistance then contact us today to speak with a lawyer.
I will be addressing a number of topics over my coming articles. The issues which I will discuss include:
- The process of filing an emergency Family Court Motion
- Establishing that the situation is an “emergency”
- Attending the initial hearing and how to conduct yourself afterwards
- Litigating an emergency custody matter
I have chosen to address these topics for a number of reasons. First, the process of requesting an emergency hearing includes asking the Court for “shortened time.” If this request is granted then the Court may hear the matter within a few days. Second, parents must understand that the situation is not necessarily an “emergency” simply because they think it is. The Court will only consider the situation an emergency if the child’s physical or mental wellbeing is in danger. Third, knowing what to expect at the hearing, and afterwards, can help you to ensure that the situation goes smoothly. Finally, if it is necessary to take the matter all the way to trial then it is crucial to understand the discovery process, as well as the trial itself.
An important point I will make in each of these articles is that you should contact a Las Vegas child custody lawyer as soon as possible if you believe your child is in danger. The longer you wait to contact counsel then the less likely the Court is to consider the matter an actual emergency. My office is dedicated to the handling of such cases and we practice in no area other than family law. Contact us online or by telephone today to schedule an initial consultation. We look forward to speaking with you.