Tip of the week: June 15, 2015

Emergency hearings and emergency relief:

Maryland courts have the ability to hear cases involving child custody on an “emergency” basis.  These hearings are generally reserved for true emergencies.  While you may belive your case is in fact an emergency, the law can, and often does have a different definition of emergency.

What generally constitutes an emergency is any situation in which the life of the child is in imminent danger if the court does not intervene.  If you cannot show imminent risk of substantial harm or harrassment to the child, or even to the other party in the case, it is not likely that your case will be deemed to be an emergency.

Just because the court determines that your situation is not an emergency, does not mean that you do not have a case. In order to determine whether you have a case that can proceed in the normal course, you should seek legal advise.

As in every legal case, there are procedural rules that must be followed to file a proper emergency Motion.  An attorney would know what those procedural rules are, and should be able to instruct you accordingly.

 

Do you have a family law matter but not thousands of dollars for a retainer? Consider “unbundled” legal services with our office.

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The Law Office now does “unbundled” or limited scope family law matters.  For example, if you only need legal documents to be reviewed, we can do that for you without having you pay an extraordinary retainer fee that is normally associated with family law matters.  Limited scope representation allows you to address your concerns and save money at the same time.

If this sounds like something that works in your situation, please contact my office to schedule a consultation.