Tag: Child custody orders; enforcement; foreign orders; child pick-up orders; law enforcement involvement in custody cases; UCCJEA; warrant to pick-up child
  • Ordering Law Enforcement Officers to Enforce a Child Custody Order

    It is not uncommon to see custody orders – both orders entered by North Carolina courts and orders from other states – containing language such as “Law enforcement officers shall assist in the enforcement of this custody order,” or “Law enforcement shall pick up the minor child and deliver the child to the custodial parent.” While most judges intentionally enter such orders only when there is reason to be concerned for the safety of the children, these provisions often are included as standard provisions in custody order templates throughout North Carolina and are extremely common in form orders used in other states.


    Must a law enforcement officer comply with such a provision in an order from another state? Does a North Carolina judge have the authority to order law enforcement involvement? Case law and statutes indicate that authority for law enforcement involvement is limited.

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