South Jersey Abuse and Neglect Lawyers
Handling DCPP (f/k/a DFYS) Matters
The New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP, formerly the Division of Youth and Family Services, or DYFS) aims to protect children from abuse and neglect and ensures that they have a stable home environment. Any accusation of wrongdoing against a caregiver is taken very seriously and can jeopardize a family’s ability to keep their children in their home. South Jersey family abuse and neglect lawyers at Kearney, Burns & Martone also take these matters seriously and are committed to keeping families together in the face of unwarranted neglect and abuse allegations.
The DCPP is a valuable resource for children suffering from abuse, but they are also one of the most complex government agencies. The Rules of Court and Rules of Evidence in these cases are much more difficult to navigate than other types of family law cases, as they are governed by child welfare law. If you become the subject of a DCPP investigation, it is important to know what you are up against. South Jersey abuse and neglect lawyers at Kearney, Burns & Martone have years of experience handling these cases and can help prepare you to win your case.
Access to Evidence Vital for Success
Families facing a DCPP case can find themselves at a disadvantage, as judges in these cases often restrict their access to the evidence being presented. In some cases, the evidence cannot be accessed by the parties at all, and may only be reviewed by their legal representation while in court. Meanwhile, decisions regarding child custody and parenting time may be based on the unsubstantiated findings of the DCPP investigation.
In order to gain access to these documents before the trial, a court order is often required. Our legal team is intimately familiar with all DCPP requirements and procedures and will take all the necessary steps to ensure that you are prepared for your trial. We will help you review the agency’s findings, including expert evaluations and statements from third parties, to make sure that you fully understand the case against you and have the opportunity to discredit any erroneous claims in the file. We understand that every case is different, and we will build a legal strategy around the needs of you and your family.
South Jersey Abuse and Neglect / DYFS Lawyers of Kearney, Burns & Martone Help Families Retain Parenting Rights
The DCPP always tries to act in a child’s best interests, but even the smallest suspicion of abuse can make parents seem like the enemy. If you are facing a DCPP investigation, call the experienced South Jersey family lawyers at Kearney, Burns & Martone immediately to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process. The consequences of a DCPP case can be life-changing and may include permanent removal of children from your care. Our knowledgeable, professional legal team understands the severity of these situations and will prepare an aggressive legal strategy to get you the best possible outcome.
With offices conveniently located in Haddon Heights, New Jersey we help families throughout South Jersey, including the communities of Camden County, Burlington County and Gloucester County. Call us today at 856-547-7733 or contact us online to review your case with a qualified South Jersey DYFS lawyer.