Frequently Asked Questions
In Mecklenburg County, the court rules on the issue of temporary custody only in limited circumstances. A party may be able to motion the court for a temporary parenting arrangement if there is a pending claim for custody. It is in the judge's sole discretion as to whether the claim requires a temporary parenting arrangement to be put in place. An Ex Parte motion is another way to obtain a temporary custody order. An ex parte motion is a motion made to the court without notifying the other party. 'Ex parte' is a Latin term meaning "on or from one party only, usually without notice to or argument from the adverse party." Typically, one party seeks an ex parte order if there are emergency circumstances such a risk to the child's physical, mental, emotional well-being or if the opposing party is planning to leave the state or North Carolina for the purpose of avoiding the jurisdiction.