This post is written to conclude and recap our series on handling of emergency child custody cases in Dayton, Ohio. We felt it was necessary to write on this topic due to the fact that many parents do not know how to proceed when they believe their son or daughter is in danger. Failing to take appropriate steps under such circumstances can make the situation worse. The goal of our last several articles has been to provide information that may help people to more fully understand their options. It has also been our goal to provide information to assist with the selection of a family law attorney. If you or a loved one are in need of assistance, please contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
We have addressed several factors in our recent articles including:
- Situations the courts may consider a child custody emergency
- The process of filing for emergency child custody
- The need for discovery in emergency child custody cases
- False claims of an emergency involving a child
- When a Dayton parent should contact Child Services
We chose to address these issues for several reasons. First, it is important to understand that a simple disagreement over parenting styles is not an “emergency.” Typically, courts will only consider the matter truly urgent if the child is in some form of imminent danger. Second, it is important to properly follow the court process of modifying custody and to not engage in “self-help.” Third, discovery is an important tool in proving that a child is being subjected to a dangerous situation. Fourth, the making of a false claim can actually result in the accused parent receiving more time with the child. Finally, it is generally advised that a parent not contact Child Services, unless it is an emergency, until they have first spoken with an attorney.
One point we have stressed throughout each of these articles is to speak with counsel as soon as possible if you believe that a dangerous situation exists. The longer you wait to speak with counsel, the less likely the Court will be to consider the matter an emergency. Our Dayton child custody lawyers have decades of combined experience and take pride in the level of service our firm provides. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. We also offer services to those in Beavercreek, Centerville, Clayton, Eaton, Englewood, Fairborn, Franklin, Harrison Township, Huber Heights, Kettering, Oakwood, Lebanon, Miami Township, Miamisburg, Piqua, Riverside, Springboro, Springfield, Tipp City, Trotwood, Troy, Vandalia, Waynesville, Washington Township, West Carrollton, Yellow Springs, and Xenia.