We are open again for business at the beautiful brick and mortar location! Although we are very conscious of the COVID-19 risks, we understand that people especially need family lawyers at this time. After practicing in the area a family law for 33 years and being board-certified for 28 of those years, I have a keen awareness of how the current situation has deeply affected marriages and children in our community. We stand ready and able to service our ongoing clients in our newly disinfected office wherein we now require that all visitors submit their forehead for a contactless temperature reading to protect our work family and yours. We do require that you wear a mask as prescribed by federal, county and city regulations. When I built my office in 2013 I incurred  the additional monies to ensure that all visitors were safe from the spreading of germs and bacteria by installing high tech visitor restrooms with touchless water, soap and dryers, I had no idea that this would be such an added layer of safety for our clients and employees during this pandemic.  This foresight gives us the ability to provide you with the highest standard of cleanliness and low risk for infection when you visit our beautiful, SPACIOUS office, in person where we can comply with social distancing with no problem whatsoever. We are accepting new clients at this time and have instituted new policies for receiving payments online as well as having our intake forms as easy PDF fillable documents as well as giving you the opportunity to provide us with all of your evidence and other important documentation by sending same via electronic transmission. We have all of our clients’ private and confidential  information saved and protected, while being accessible to the staff through our extremely secure Cloud Client Platform and Portal hosted by legal industry giant, ThomsenReuters. For this reason, during the stay at home sheltering orders we were one of the few law firms in the county to already have transitioned to a virtual Law Firm. This permitted our brilliant and innovative family law attorneys to continue to seamlessly provide the very best legal representation to the DFW population which we serve. We are able to represent clients not only in Tarrant County, but all surrounding counties such as Johnson, Dallas, Collin, Kaufman and Parker. 

I have handpicked the most competent, experienced and hard working support staff to flawlessly meet the needs of our clients as a full-service family law firm. We have recently been named as one of the top 20 divorce law firms in Arlington! I have garnered many honors over my many years of practice, including being named as Top Attorney in Fort Worth for over a decade each year and I have twice been selected by my peers as a “Super Lawyer” of Texas, an honor reserved for an extremely small percentage of Texas lawyers. Although I am proud of all of these accolades, this would mean nothing to my clients if I had not concentrated on a mission of using my decades of experience to build my law form into a well organized business utilizing the most cutting edge technological tools to represent my clients in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. This goal has served me well during this ongoing epidemic. My goal is to provide the most excellent t legal services to all of the community at a cost that does not bankrupt a client. 

If you are at high risk to contract Coronavirus or prefer to have all of your contact with our office in virtual form, we are set up on Zoom for immediate consultations for new clients. My Mission Statement has always been: “When It comes to your family and your finances, experience matters!” These words are more true now than ever. During these uncertain times I wanted to reach out to our community and assure your that because of my many years of practice, I had already built in all of the safeguards to enable our brilliant lawyers and awesome paralegals to continue the essential work that they do from home during the height of the pandemic. I wanted to put the word out there that we stand ready and able to meet all of your family law needs, now more than ever. We are also still offering our simple Estate Planning Kit at a greatly reduced price to give back to the community that has been so wonderful and supportive over the last 33 years as I built one of the best family law firms in the State. Prayers to all of you during these frightening times, and please remember that we have the experience and technology to best serve you, our important clients who are the reason for our continued existence and survival.  At the end of the day, no business is more essential than a family law firm with a  dedicated team ready to shepherd you through any crisis that you and your family are experiencing. Please reach out to us if you need help now at ArlingtonDivorces.com or call (817) 572-9900 and Amanda can get you set up to meet with us to give you advice immediately,

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Child Protective Services Lawyer

If you are suspected of child abuse or neglect, Child Protective Services (CPS) will be sent to investigate you and your home.

Hiring an attorney from The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt is crucial when facing these serious allegations.

Our Arlington, TX, law office can advocate for you, your rights as a parent, and the health and well-being of your child.

Our law firm serves families in Southlake, Westover Hills, and the entire Dallas-Forth Worth metroplex.

What Is CPS?

Child Protective Services is a government agency that is responsible for providing resources and solutions that help protect children from:

  • Physical abuse or neglect
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse or neglect

CPS is part of the Texas Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS).

Who Reports
Parents to CPS?

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Anyone can contact Child Protective Services if they suspect that a child's safety is in danger. Some individuals in frequent contact with children are considered mandated reporters and are required to report abuse concerns to CPS. Examples of mandated reporters include teachers, social workers, childcare providers, family therapists and mental health counselors, and people in law enforcement.

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If you're being investigated for child abuse or neglect, it's crucial that you speak with the lawyers at The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt. We can offer advice on how to interact with CPS caseworkers and help ensure your child is not removed from your home. Our attorneys can protect your rights as a parent and make certain that your family's best interests are upheld.

What Happens When
CPS Becomes Involved?
The Report and Investigation Process

CPS Evaluates the Reported Abuse

CPS will evaluate the reported abuse or neglect. Going over the nature of the complaint, CPS determines if the suspected child abuse will require a formal investigation within 24 or within 72 hours.

CPS Interviews and Safety Assessment

A caseworker will go to the site of the alleged child abuse in order to conduct interviews with the children and parents. The investigator will also note the condition of the home and the dynamics of the household.

Assessment of Abuse or Neglect Evidence

Based on interviews with involved parties and observation of the condition of the home, the caseworker will determine if child abuse is actually happening. The case is closed if there is no abuse.

Protecting the Child From Potential Harm

If the caseworker determines that child abuse is occurring, CPS may require the parent or caretaker to work with the agency for remediation. If criminal charges are warranted, the abused child may be removed from the home.

Are You Facing a CPS Investigation? Contact Our Attorneys for Legal Advice

Reports of child abuse and neglect must always be taken seriously. Parents accused of harming their own children should contact The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt. Our attorneys have helped parents throughout Arlington, Southlake, and Westover Hills, TX, address allegations of abuse and child endangerment.

We care deeply about the rights of parents as well as child safety. Our team will help you understand your rights during the investigation process and how to work with Child Protective Services caseworkers without undermining your case.

If you live in Tarrant County and need to speak with an attorney about abuse or neglect allegations, contact our law firm today. You can also reach our office by phone.

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"Donna was extremely helpful when we needed direction protecting our children in a blended family dynamic with concerns of abuse and addiction." Jodi B, 5-Star Review

How to Interact with CPS Helpful Tips for Parents

If you've been reported to CPS, consider the following advice. These do's and don'ts can make the investigation process go much smoother and won't put your parental rights in jeopardy.

Remain Calm and Be Polite

A visit from Child Protective Services can be scary, but it's important to remain composed while communicating with your caseworker in person, on the phone, or through correspondence. Avoid arguments and being confrontational since that can hurt your case.

Ask About the Complaint Against You

Ask the caseworker about the complaint filed against you. This will provide the reason for their visit and the charges you're facing. Knowing the complaint, you may understand why it was made, who made it, and if it was the result of a misunderstanding.

Write Down and Document Everything

Any time you are interacting with Child Protective Services, make sure to take notes. Document the name of the caseworker, their contact info, the times you were contacted or visited, your case number, what you were asked, and any info that seems important.

Refuse Entry Unless They Have a Warrant

Even though you should be polite to the CPS investigator, you should assert your rights respectfully. Do not permit the caseworker into your home unless they have a proper warrant. You can still politely discuss the complaint with them outside of your home.

Speak With an Attorney

Be sure to speak with a lawyer about the CPS report, the investigation, and the allegations against you. The Arlington-based attorneys at The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt can review these details and offer guidance on what you should do next.

Dealing with False Claims and Accusations

An investigation by CPS doesn't mean the claims made in the report are true. Texas' Child Protective Services caseworkers are required to conduct investigations in order to ensure the health and safety of a child. Sometimes false or outrageous reports are filed in order to ruin someone's reputation.

An attorney from The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt can help you weather these false claims about your home, your parenting style, and your relationship with your child. Should a false claim of child abuse come up during a custody or visitation hearing, our lawyers will be able to offer the proper context for the CPS investigation so it does not adversely affect a ruling in family court.

Protect Your Relationship
with Your Child
Contact a Lawyer About CPS Investigations

If you live in Arlington, Southlake, or Westover Hills, TX, and have been accused of child abuse or neglect, The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt can offer legal guidance. We can review the process that CPS investigators go through and let you know what to expect. We can also note the nature of the report and how it may affect your divorce or disputes over child custody or child visitation rights.

Speak with attorneys who care. Contact our law office online or give us a call to request a consultation.

Call Our Law Office

(817) 572-9900

Our Law Firm Is Here for You Lawyers Helping Parents in the Arlington Area

"...When one of our grown children approached my wife and I needing guidance regarding a custody battle with our grandchild, I knew immediately who I was going to contact for advice... I find it SO REFRESHING when people/businesses deliver on the promises they make - not because they do business together - because they care about getting the right results in the most efficient manner possible. There are many Family Law Firm options out there and as many unique situations to resolve. In my opinion, there is only one team/firm I would trust with both -Thank You Team Smiedt!" Scott Daniels

CPS Impact on Family Law Disputes

A report to CPS or repeated CPS investigations can be detrimental to your rights as a parent. This is particularly true if you are currently involved in a divorce proceeding or have disputes with a former spouse over conservatorship or possession and access to your child.

The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt can walk you through these concerns so you understand what is at stake.

Effects on Child Custody

If you have been the subject of multiple CPS investigations or have had your child removed from your home by CPS, this can be held against you in child conservatorship disputes.

Your former spouse may argue that your home isn't safe for raising children. Furthermore, your ex-spouse may attempt to become the custodial parent and sole managing conservator of your child, ending your co-parenting arrangement.

The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt can be a strong advocate for your parenting rights in these cases. We can demonstrate that you do care for your child and that co-parenting is in your child's best interests.

Donna and her team can help you protect your rights and ensure that you are not treated unfairly.

Effects on Visitation Rights

When safety and child welfare come up in visitation disputes, CPS reports could be used to limit a parent's possession and access. It could also be used to prohibit possession and access.

This could mean that all visits must be supervised by a third-party agency to ensure child safety. Access could also be limited to video calls or the phone rather than in-person interactions.

Our lawyers will advocate for you as a person and a parent, always noting that your presence in your child's life is in their best interest.

"...I don't know where my grandchildren would be without Donna. She has given them a chance to have a much better life and a chance to be loved and grow into well rounded adults. Donna is a very caring person that really looks out for the benefit of children and her clients." Jerry Johnston
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The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt

The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt is the premier destination for clients who need representation during a divorce, adoption, or other family law matters. Donna J. Smiedt has been in practice since 1986 and is a Board Certified Family Law Attorney – Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Her other professional affiliations include:

  • Texas Bar College
  • Arlington Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists

To schedule a consultation at our Arlington, TX, law firm, contact us online or call (817) 572-9900.

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