Emergency Child Custody Orders in Massachusetts

On Behalf of | Jan 6, 2017 | Children |

Under current Massachusetts law, a judge may issue an emergency custody order changing the living arrangements of a child or awarding one party temporary custody if there is sufficient reason to believe that the child is at risk of bodily injury or sexual abuse, or there is substantial risk that the child may be removed from Massachusetts to evade the jurisdiction of the Massachusetts courts.

Under Massachusetts law, an emergency child custody order may be issued “ex parte,” meaning the order is issued in the absence of one of the parties.

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