Looking Out For The Best Interests Of Children And Adults
The Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) has an obligation to investigate any claims of child neglect or abandonment or reports of a child being injured perhaps at the hands of a parent. This can be an incredibly complex legal matter. Ortega & Ortega, PLLC can help. Whether you are being accused of hurting your children or have questions about guardianship for an adult, we will answer all of your questions. Se habla español.
As A Parent, You Have Rights
Even if you believe that DCS will find nothing amiss after conducting a home visit and interviewing your children, it is still important to make sure that you have legal representation. In the event the investigation goes against the parent, grandparents can often intervene and provide temporary care for the child or children until the full investigation is conducted. However, hiring a family law attorney to assist you with DCS defense is important. If there is a negative determination and you do not have a lawyer, your child could wind up in the foster care system.
Should you have a visit from a DCS worker in your home, before you answer any questions, let them know that you will fully cooperate with their investigation but that you would prefer to answer their questions with your attorney present. You have the right to have an attorney with you when being questioned by DCS and to represent your interests during the entire process.
When Claims Are Filed Falsely
Unfortunately, disputes with family members, ex-partners and even angry neighbors or coworkers can result in anonymous calls to DCS accusing you of neglect or battering your child. While these claims may be false, you still need to make sure that you speak with an attorney before you answer any questions posed by DCS. This is important as a seemingly innocent comment could be turned around and used against you in later hearings or in final reports.
Parents and grandparents have specific rights granted to them when it comes to their children and grandchildren. Even if an investigation results in a negative outcome, parents and grandparents still have the right to have contact with the child pending the final disposition of the courts.
Helping Adults Establish Guardianship
While we help adults who need to defend themselves, we also help adults who need guardianship. When a loved one is incapable of making safe and responsible decisions, it is important to have someone step up on their behalf. We can help you file for guardianship and prove you are the right person to look after your loved one. Understandably, this is a complex area of the law. Make sure it is handled properly by retaining the services of an experienced attorney.
Schedule A Consultation Today; Call Now
Having the right attorney at your side is crucial. We can help you understand the complicated legal process. Contact our attorneys at Ortega & Ortega, PLLC, immediately at 480-637-0907. We help protect the rights of parents and grandparents when DCS is investigating a family, both in Phoenix and throughout the state.