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Child Welfare Law in Ohio: Emergency Custody

Emergency Custody

Emergency custody orders are strongly discouraged, but there are certain limited circumstances where such motions may be considered necessary and will be consider by Franklin County Common Pleas Court, Domestic Relations and Juvenile Branch. Divorced parents bring the motion in Domestic Relations, while never married parents use the Juvenile Branch. Emergency custody motions may only be made if there is also filed and pending before the Court an accompanying complaint or motion to address the permanent custody of the child(ren). 

The Court will only issue an emergency custody order if it is supported by sworn testimony in open court that irreparable harm to the child(ren) will occur unless immediate action is taken.

Requesting a Phone or Video Conference

 The Franklin County Domestic and Juvenile Court is making phone and video conferencing an option. Below is information of how to request and set up a virtual conference through Zoom.

 Once all attorneys and self-represented parties agree to request the video or phone conference, they may either efile the “Request for Phone/Video Conference” form, or they may contact the Judge’s or Magistrate’s staff directly.

Zoom resources:

Ohio Revised Code

Court Rules