In the event of an emergency a parent may file a Motion for Emergency Custody
in the Circuit Court. The parent must also file a Motion for Custody or
Modification of Custody at the same time. A written certification must
also be filed affirming that the other parent or interested party was
notified of the date, time and place of the hearing at least 24 hours
prior. The court requires that the Motion only be filed under circumstances
that require immediate intervention. Emergency relief will be denied unless
there is a sufficient showing that there is an imminent risk of substantial
and immediate harm or harassment to a party or minor child or that there
are circumstances which the Court believes require immediate intervention.
In the event the Court does not find an emergency it may grant an expedited
Pendente Lite (temporary) hearing to determine custody or visitation.
It is always the best practice to consult a Maryland attorney with experience
in these matters before proceeding with the filing of any Motion or Complaint.