Greetings. Generally, yes you will need to have an attorney to obtain temporary custody of your minor children. The court does not normally hear child custody cases until after mediation and both sides have exchanged discovery. Temporary custody is available to a party if there is an emergency with the child (or children) or if there is a situation which the court deems it necessaary to step in to resolve. As always, it would depend on more of the circumstances of the situation as to what the court will do.
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney at Law
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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