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Family Law / Child Custody and Visitation / Emergency/Ex Parte Custody

Sometimes on rare occasions, the court is able to make emergency ex parte orders prior to a full hearing. See Ohio Revised Code 2151.33. These orders will be followed with a full hearing. See also the Ohio Rules of Juvenile Procedure. The seeking of an emergency ex parte order is when a person asks that the Court to issue an order of custody “ex parte” meaning without the other party present. As one can imagine, this is an extraordinary measure and is reserved for emergency situations where the child is subject to immediate harm if left in the care of their current custodian/parent. Roberta Roberts, founder of Roberts & Kelly, LLP, has extensive courtroom experience in obtaining ex parte orders of custody.