New Jersey Emergency Orders
Swift Legal Assistance for Emergent Matters
An emergency order, also known as an emergency protective order, is a protective (or “restraining”) order granted by a court in the event of an emergency, such as a kidnapped child or a spouse facing immediate danger. Unlike other motions, which may take some time to go into effect, emergency orders take effect immediately.
Who Can Obtain an Emergency Order?
In order to get emergent relief from the Family Part of the Superior Court of New Jersey, you must show that you have a true emergency. It is sometimes difficult to explain to clients that what they may perceive as an emergency the court will not view the same way. While we understand that all family law issues are urgent, not all are considered emergencies by the court.
An emergent application gets your issue heard in a matter of days—sometimes hours—as compared to a standard application or motion track, which normally takes over a month. If you need an emergency order, Warren-Wentz, LLC can help you file an Order to Show Cause, which is typically heard immediately.
Examples of matters that a New Jersey Judge would find emergent include:
- Actual danger to the children
- Kidnapping of a child
- Abuse of a child
- Housing issues
- Arrest of a custodial parent
This list is not exhaustive, as various other situations may lead to the issuance of an emergency order. However, most minor financial and custody issues will not qualify as emergencies.
Please feel free to contact our New Jersey family law attorneys for a free consultation to determine if your matter is an emergency.
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