It is an unfortunate reality that many parents face situations or circumstances that they feel need the Court’s immediate attention to ensure the safety of their children. When such situations arise, a parent may need to seek emergency custody of their child. A parent can seek an emergency custody order through an ex parte proceeding. When an order is granted ex parte, the other parent may or may not receive notice of the proceeding prior to the hearing taking place. In order to seek an emergency custody order which changes custody of the child, a parent must be able to show the Court that the child is 1) exposed to a substantial risk of bodily injury or sexual abuse or 2) that there is a substantial risk that the child may be abducted or removed from the state of North Carolina. Although we all hope we never find ourselves faced with such a difficult situation, in some circumstances an emergency custody order may be the only way to ensure your child’s safety. The attorneys at Perry, Bundy, Plyler & Long, LLP have extensive knowledge and experience handling matters involving emergency custody. If you feel that your child’s safety requires immediate intervention by the Court, contact our office today for a consultation. Our attorneys will be happy to guide you through every step of the way.