NJ DYFS and the Impact of Incarcerations on Parental Rights
New Jersey has a very broad definition of child abuse or neglect, meaning that a child can be abused or neglected by their parent in several ways. While many factors go into the termination of parental rights, incarcerations may affect decisions made by DYFS when it comes to the termination of parental rights as well.
Many people question the how the Court views incarcerations when deciding whether or not a parent deserves to have their parental rights terminated. Most of the time, if a parent has established a relationship with their child before the term of incarceration, they are more likely to maintain their parental rights. With that being said, if the child is younger, and the relationship between the parent as child is not strong or sturdy, there is a greater chance the parent may lose their parental rights.
Our New Jersey DYFS Attorneys Will Represent You
Even if the parent-child relationship is strong and has been great for years before the term of incarceration, that doesn’t mean DYFS won’t terminate the parent’s parental rights. Throughout the incarceration, the parent must remain in contact with DYFS, offer themselves up for the necessary rehabilitation and treatment, show that they still desire to be a positive influence in the child’s life, and much more.
Just because a loved one is incarcerated, you should not think that their case is hopeless. Our team of tough, smart NJ DYFS attorneys can still represent them in court. Without adequate representation, they are at risk to have their rights terminated. Call us today on our 24/7 toll free hotline at 1-855-9JEFLAW (1-855-953-3529) to discuss the case to see how we can help them.