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Emergency Relief

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Motions for Emergency Relief 


Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Procedure for Emergency and Ex Parte Requests


Text of Poster in the Family Law Self Help Center created by: Amanda Eden, Esq., Legal Aid Bureau (2014):


• Emergency hearings occur at 1:30pm Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 


• To receive emergency relief you must be able to sufficiently show that there is

imminent risk of substantial and immediate physical harm or harassment to a 

party or minor child. Meaning a child or party was recently at risk of serious

harm, not speculative harm, but actual harm. 


• To receive an Emergency hearing you must complete the following: 


1. Contact the other party or parties at least 24 hours before the hearing. 

Hearings occur at 1:30pm M/W/F, so by 1:30pm Sun/Tues/Thur notice 

must be given to all parties. Notice to the other party or parties must be 

through the method specified and contain the court’s specific address and 

all other information detailed (see notice requirements in the Motion for 

Emergency paperwork). Lack of notice or incomplete notice to all parties 

involved may result in the Court denying your request


2. Complete the necessary paperwork and file by noon the day of the 

hearing, or the day before if you have a Fee Waiver


3. You and the other party or parties should appear in the civil clerk’s office, 

first floor (Room 100), before 1:30pm on the day you desire to be heard, 

having already provided notice to the other party or parties and having 

completed and filed the necessary paperwork as indicated above


4. You must come prepared to show evidence that a party or child is at risk 

of imminent harm, speculation of harm is not enough


• You must file a Complaint or Motion with your Emergency request – Motion to 

Modify Custody, Complaint for Absolute Divorce, Complaint for Custody, etc. –

An Emergency Hearing, if granted, only results in a temporary order. You are 

filing one of the above pleadings at the same time as or prior to the motion for 

emergency relief to request permanent relief


• If you are granted Emergency relief this order is temporary, you must proceed 

with the rest of your case until you receive a final order, which provides

permanent relief. If your case is dismissed before receiving a final order, your 

temporary Emergency order is no longer enforceable, unless specified for a 

certain amount of time


Motions for Emergency Relief FORMS 


AACoCirCt_Motion_EmergencyRelief_2020 rev2020.docx


Custody Packet  OR Custody and Visitation Modification Packet







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