This post concludes and recaps my series on how Peoria, Illinois fathers may file for emergency child custody. I felt it was necessary to write on this topic due to the fact that, for obvious reasons, many dads do not know how to proceed when they feel their child is in danger. The goal of my last several articles has been to provide information which will help dads to fully understand all of their options. It has also been my goal to provide information which will help with the selection of a child custody attorney. If you require assistance then contact my office today to speak with a fathers’ rights lawyer.
I addressed several topics over my recent articles. Issues which I analyzed included:
- When Peoria Courts will consider your child custody case to be an “emergency”
- Signs that a father’s child may be in danger
- When a dad should contact Child Protective Services
- The process for obtaining emergency child custody
There are several reasons why I wrote on these topics. First, many fathers make the mistake of thinking that a situation is an emergency simply because they disagree with how the mother is conducting herself. The Court generally will not consider a matter to be urgent unless a child’s safety or emotional well-being is at risk. Second, signs that a child is in danger can be obvious and, sometimes, they can also be subtle. It is important that you pay attention to such signs. Third, a father should only contact CPS if they have a legitimate reason to do so. Making an unsubstantiated claim can result in the Court reducing a dad’s visitation or modifying custody in favor of the mother. Finally, knowing what to expect from the discovery and trial processes will help to ensure that they are handled smoothly.
One point I stressed throughout these articles is the need to speak with an experienced child custody attorney. Counsel can help you to determine whether contacting CPS is appropriate. If a case is to be filed, then counsel can help to ensure that the proper Motions are brought, that discovery is handled correctly, and that your interests are protected at trial. I am a former prosecutor who is experienced in trying cases and I am ready to assist you. Contact my office today to speak with a Peoria fathers’ rights lawyer.
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