An emergency order for visitation is granted when the child is completely withheld from the father and there is no visitation orders in place. Once the emergency order is filed and the custodian is served, the custodian is then required to come to court for a show cause hearing.
Locate the correct documents. An emergency visitation petition can be found at the court clerk's office. Double check that you are completing the emergency petition and not the regular visitation petition.
Complete the emergency visitation form. In the form, explain to the judge that all contact with the child has been held from you and why the situation is particularly time-sensitive now. Is the custodian going out of the country? Does the child have serious health concerns?
File the emergency visitation form and pay the clerk's fees. Call ahead to find out what fees are required and what methods of payment the court accepts.
Serve the document promptly to the custodian. Generally, service has to occur at least 48 hours before the hearing. Check your state's time limits for service.
Attend the show cause hearing. At this hearing the judge will determine if the situation is an emergency or if you need to refile for general visitation.