Our CPS Lawyers Can Help You
If you have been notified that you are under investigation by Child Protective Services (CPS), it is essential that you hire legal counsel immediately. Call (817) 572-9900 to schedule your consultation with an attorney at the Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt. Our firm in Arlington, TX, has been in practice for over 30 years, protecting the rights of families like yours. Led by board-certified family law attorney Donna J. Smiedt, our team of CPS lawyers can provide legal guidance to help you navigate this complex process and protect your rights.
What is CPS?
Child Protective Services is a government agency that is responsible for providing services that help protect children from:
- Physical abuse or neglect
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse or neglect
What Happens when CPS Is Involved?
If there has been a report of child abuse or neglect, an investigation will be initiated. It begins with CPS contacting you. They will then conduct interviews with you, your child, and even acquaintances such as neighbors. Medical or psychological examinations may also be performed.
Once the investigation has concluded, the caseworker will determine whether there is evidence of abuse or neglect, or the risk of such circumstances. If they confirm the risk or occurrence of neglect or abuse, they will either create a plan to help protect the child (which may include therapy or support services) or the child will be removed from your custody.
We can help you protect your rights and ensure that you are not treated unfairly.
Regardless of how the investigation unfolds, it is highly recommended that you find legal representation as soon as you are contacted by CPS.
Why You Need a Family Law Attorney
Once an investigation has begun, you will be expected to follow strict guidelines in a timely manner. Under the stress you are facing, it can be difficult to manage all of the deadlines and hearings you need to attend. Our legal team can help ensure that you meet all the requirements of the case. You will be under intense scrutiny, and we can provide you with guidance to ensure that you do not mistakenly harm your chances of keeping your children.
Additionally, our CPS lawyers have in-depth knowledge of the rules the agency is required to follow, so we will be aware of any violations. We are also very familiar with the local court system, so we will generally know what to expect as the case unfolds. As such, we can help you protect your rights to your child and ensure that you are not treated unfairly.
Time Is of the Essence
Do not hesitate to contact our firm online or call us at (817) 572-9900 to speak with one our knowledgeable family law attorneys. Our team is dedicated to helping you protect your family's best interests and will provide the support you need during this trying time.