Can be requested by either party and normally will be heard by the court within 24 These orders are normally based upon a showing of irreparable harm that may befall the children. Usually, there is a child abuse, drug abuse or mental health issue involved in these cases. Many times these orders are heard Ex Parte (i.e. with only one party appearing in front of the judge). At the Emergency Order’s hearing, the judge will base his information upon declarations and sometimes on brief testimony.