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Custody, Care and Supervision with DYFS in NJ

Custody, Care and Supervision with DYFS in NJ

In New Jersey, DYFS can file a complaint against you accusing you of abusing and neglecting your child, where they will then request Custody, Care and Supervision of your child. DYFS will maintain custody of your child until you have proven that you are a fit parent, and you can appropriately raise your child. Custody, Care and Supervision can still be requested by DYFS if your child’s health and safety is in danger, even if you are not accused of abusing or neglecting your child. Once again, you may lose custody of your child until the you prove to the court that you can raise your kid safely and healthily.

Whatever the case may be, be sure to contact our NJ DYFS defense attorneys to help defend you and your case. Times like these are scary, so let our experienced team handle it. We can fight for you and work to help bring your child back home by showing that you are a fit parent, and you can appropriately raise your child. Our team can help protect your rights, and will fight for them as if they were our own.

Call our 24/7 toll free hotline at 1-855-9JEFLAW (1-855-953-3529) and speak to one of our New Jersey DYFS lawyers. We are here to help you and your family, so don’t wait.

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Sexual Assault and DYFS in New Jersey

Sexual Assault and DYFS in New Jersey

Sexual assault in New Jersey is also known as rape. New Jersey defines sexual assault as the penetration of a victim by physical force or coercion, or if the victim has been physically or mentally incapacitated. Sexual penetration is constituted as vaginal intercourse, cunnilingus, fellatio, or anal intercourse between two people. This also included the use and insertion of the hand, finger, or object into the anus or vagina either by the defendant or their instruction.

Sexual assault is a severe crime, so don’t go through this alone. Our team of experienced and smart lawyers can help you through this process, and fight for your rights. If you have been accused of sexual assault, and DYFS is looking to remove your child from the home, or has done so already, we can work to help get those charges removed. Our NJ DYFS attorneys are here to help you, your child, and work to help get these sexual assault charges dropped, so don’t face DYFS and Court alone.

Call our 24/7 toll free hotline at 1-855-9JEFLAW (1-855-953-3529) to speak to one of our smart and hardworking child abuse defense lawyers. We will fight for you!

Understanding Abuse and Neglect Accusations in New Jersey

Child abuse and child neglect are two harmful actions towards children, which threaten the health, safety, and development of a child. Both child abuse and child neglect can result in a child welfare case, so contact a dependable New Jersey DYFS lawyer right away. While both of these actions are harmful to a child, they are both caused by different actions. Below, our NJ DYFS law firm will go into a bit more on how you can differentiate between child abuse and child neglect.

What is Child Abuse?

Children can be abused in many ways. Whether it be physical, emotional, or sexual, child abuse is when a parent or caregiver is harming a child, or putting that child at risk of harm. Abuse can happen once, or it can be a series of events done by the parent or caretaker. Inflicting physical injury, emotionally abusing a child, or involving a child in a sexual act are all examples of child abuse. Any of these can psychologically and physically damage a child.

What is Child Neglect?

Child neglect is just as harmful as child abuse, although it differs in the sense that there is a lack of action by the caregiver. Meaning, if a parent of caregiver doesn’t give their child the proper care needed as a child, such as sufficient shelter, clothing, food, medical care, supervision, and education. While neglect is usually a string of ongoing mistreatment, it can also occur from one instance.

Being able to distinguish the difference between these two terms is very important. It is crucial to understand your rights when discussing your child and his or her safety. If you are facing accusations that you have abused or neglected your child, our team of New Jersey custody lawyers are dedicated and hardworking individuals, determined to help you get your child into the right hands. Call our 24 hour toll-free hotline now at 1-855-9JEFLAW (1-855-953-3529) to discuss your case.

How to Appeal Child Investigation Findings

How to Appeal Child Investigation Findings

When it comes to findings in New Jersey, which are the outcomes of child protection investigations, not all are valid. These findings give DYFS the needed information to protect a child, as well as help the court put the necessary protections in place. Although DYFS works hard to protect children and their best interests, everybody makes mistakes, and you may disagree with their findings. If you disagree with what DYFS has found, then you have the right to appeal the findings from a child protection investigation.

Before appealing, it would be beneficial to understand a few things:

  • After DYFS makes their decision, you can only request an appeal of one kind of decision they made. Other findings can be appealed, but substantiated findings are appealed differently than findings that are not substantiated.
  • Once you have received the written notice of Substantiated findings, you must write your request of an administrative appeal hearing within the next 20 days.
  • If the findings are “Established” or “Not Established,” you have 45 days to file your Notice of Appeal with the Appellate Division.
  • While the hearing will be held in front of an administrative law judge, you will have the opportunity to argue your case and prevent evidence that will support your argument.

If you succeed in your appeal, the changed decision will be recorded, and copies of this change will be given to all parties who are interested such as law enforcement or other parties to the case.

Not many parents realize that DYFS makes wrong and uninformed decisions from time to time. If you do not agree with the decisions made in your child protection investigation, our team of highly intelligent lawyers can help. Be sure to call our 24/7 toll-free hotline at 1-855-9JEFLAW (1-855-953-3529), and we’ll be happy to help.

NJ DYFS Lawyers help client closed neglect case related to home schooling child

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Passaic County

In New Jersey, DYFS has a big problem with people that home school their children.  DYFS has big ties to public schools and when your child is not in school, they cannot spy on your family and cannot interview your child.  However, our team of tough, smart NJ DYFS Lawyers know how to respond to these cases.  Our team hit the case hard and worked to make sure that the client never lost custody.    She was able to keep custody of her child the entire time.  Our next goal for our lawyers was to close the case out and make sure DYFS gets out of her life.  Although the case had only gone on for a few months and there were still other things that had to be done, we were able to get the case closed out.

If you have a DYFS case in any court in New Jersey, call us today to discuss your matter with one of lawyers to see how we can help you.