If CPS begins to investigate your family regarding your child(ren), it is highly advisable to consult an attorney before taking any action, including speaking with the CPS social worker about the allegations. As with a police contact, anything you say can be used against you in both the dependency court action and in criminal court, should criminal charges be filed.
A dependency action is a court procedure provided to allow the state of California to step in for the protection of children who may be in danger of harm in their current home situation. When a dependency action is filed, a written request is submitted to juvenile court. This petition is for the following types of claims for the benefit of “dependent” children:
One of the difficult factors with dependency actions is that many issues can affect whether a dependency action will be filed. Once a petition is filed, a number of hearings will occur. Some of these include:
If a CPS agent has visited your home or if you have already temporarily lost custody of your child, it is time to get the best counsel you can in order to take effective steps to be reunited with your child(ren). Call (408) 277-0377 or contact us online to schedule an appointment with our firm and let us get started on your case today. Our team would be happy to speak with you about your situation. Secure the experienced counsel of the Law Office of Wesley Schroeder. We are ready to help you and work towards the best possible outcome for you and your family in pursuit of custody. Do not hesitate to call.