An emergency child protection application is necessary if you suspect that your child is facing imminent danger in the hands of the custodial parent. Here is some of the documentation you will need to get your application approved when the issue comes up in front of the judge:
You can use medical records to prove that the child is already being harmed by the other parent, which is a good way of showing that more harm may follow. For example, if the child has not been getting adequate food for some time, and they look sickly, the first thing to do is take them to the doctor for a professional diagnosis and help. After that, the generated medical records will be useful in helping you convince the court to give the child emergency protection.
For cases that have made it to the police, there will be police reports that you can use to help the child get emergency protection. Typically, the cases that make it to the police report are those that stem from intentional criminal acts from the other parent, or those that cause serious harm to the child. For example, if the other parent is suspected of sexual or physical abuse, the police should be involved, and you can use the police report to get emergency protection for the child.
There are cases in which you shouldn't wait for actual harm to occur before seeking emergency child protection. If you suspect there is a high risk of harm to the child, you should make a move before the child actually suffers. Consider a case where you have just learned that the other parent was once accused of sexually molesting a minor: would you wait for them to actually do it to your kid to get emergency protection for the child? In such a case, a preemptive strike is needed, and your attorney can use the criminal records to show why you need the child protected as soon as possible.
Child Psychiatric Evaluations
Some forms of child injury are not always explicit. For example, a child may be suffering psychologically or emotionally without showing any physical symptoms. However, child psychiatrists know what to look for and can diagnose emotional or psychological abuse. Therefore, if a psychiatric evaluation has revealed that the child is suffering in the hands of the custodial parent, you can use the psychiatric evaluation to get an emergency protection order for them.
The emergency protection order is a temporary solution, and you should consult a child custody attorney to help you get custody of the child as a long-term solution.