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Legal Information: Arkansas

Parental Kidnapping

January 3, 2024

Can I get temporary emergency custody?

Perhaps. Judges will usually only grant temporary emergency custody in extreme situations. You will need to prove to the judge that your children are in danger in order to get an emergency custody order.  A judge may give you temporary custody if s/he feels that there is immediate and present danger of abuse and it is necessary to protect you or your children.

Whether you will get temporary emergency custody often depends on the judge. Some judges do not require much proof that your children are in danger, while others almost never grant temporary emergency custody. It is almost always better to have a lawyer helping you file for temporary emergency custody. To find a lawyer in your area please visit the AR Finding a Lawyer page.