Expedited Custody

When custody arrangements are created, they often are done with the mindset that the parties will return to court after a certain amount of time has passed to discuss the terms of custody once more. However, sometimes situations may arise that require immediate action from the court to amend custody. In these situations, expedited custody, or expedited relief, may be considered as a potential solution to the problem. Philadelphia Family Court can treat these matters with the urgency they deserve.

What Is Expedited Custody?

Expedited custody is a term that refers to the act of urging the court to push forward the date of a custody evaluation or re-evaluation. Expedited custody motions are exclusive to Philadelphia county. Normally, a majority of custody review dates are set several months in advance. A motion for expedited custody can reduce this time to a matter of a few weeks, or possibly even sooner in extreme circumstances, such as emergencies that endanger the child. If an expedited custody hearing is granted both parties will be in front of a judge much sooner than they would if they were to wait for their scheduled hearing. However, not just any case can be expedited.

When Can Expedited Custody Be Used?

Expedited custody can only be brought up in certain circumstances. Typically, in order to bring a motion for expedited custody, the parents must have already established a custody agreement, and one parent must refuse the other's visitation or custody rights. Some situations where expedited custody should be requested include:

  • A parent refuses the other's visitation rights: If parents have shared custody, the custody agreement will typically establish some sort of schedule for when a child can be with a parent. When this is violated, it may be appropriate to seek an expedited custody hearing.
  • A parent relocates without notifying the court: Relocation to areas that make it difficult for both parents to share custody must typically be approved by the court. If one parent relocates far away, this may be grounds for an expedited hearing.
  • A parents travels with the child without notifying the other: When a parent takes a child away on a vacation, typically they must notify the other to ensure that no custody terms are being violated. If a parent travels with the child and violates a custody agreement, the other may want to consider pushing for an expedited hearing.
  • A temporary custody order is in place: If the only custody order in place is the temporary custody order from a divorce, it may be necessary to request an expedited hearing to resolve the matter before it becomes a problem.
  • There is an immediate threat of danger to the child: If the child is in any sort of immediate danger, expedited custody hearings should be the first thing in mind. The court may even prioritize this, depending on circumstances.

If you or a loved one is engaged in matters of Family Law, contact our Joseph D. Lento today.

Contact a skilled Family Law Team Today!

The LLF Law Firm has unparalleled experience practicing Family Law in Pennsylvania. If you are having any uncertainties about what the future may hold for you and your family, contact our offices today. Our Family Law Team will go above and beyond the needs for any client and fight for what is fair.

This website was created only for general information purposes. It is not intended to be construed as legal advice for any situation. Only a direct consultation with a licensed Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York attorney can provide you with formal legal counsel based on the unique details surrounding your situation. The pages on this website may contain links and contact information for third party organizations - the Lento Law Firm does not necessarily endorse these organizations nor the materials contained on their website. In Pennsylvania, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout Pennsylvania's 67 counties, including, but not limited to Philadelphia, Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Schuylkill, and York County. In New Jersey, attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New Jersey's 21 counties: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren County, In New York, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New York's 62 counties. Outside of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, unless attorney Joseph D. Lento is admitted pro hac vice if needed, his assistance may not constitute legal advice or the practice of law. The decision to hire an attorney in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania counties, New Jersey, New York, or nationwide should not be made solely on the strength of an advertisement. We invite you to contact the Lento Law Firm directly to inquire about our specific qualifications and experience. Communicating with the Lento Law Firm by email, phone, or fax does not create an attorney-client relationship. The Lento Law Firm will serve as your official legal counsel upon a formal agreement from both parties. Any information sent to the Lento Law Firm before an attorney-client relationship is made is done on a non-confidential basis.