Macon Family Lawyers for DFCS Cases
Utilizing Our Skill in Juvenile Law to Protect Both You & Your Child
When the Department of Family & Children's Services (DFCS) believes you may be abusing, mistreating, or neglecting your child, the action they can take could be as drastic as losing custody. By immediately hiring a highly-trained Macon DFCS attorney, you can have strong representation on your side to resolve these issues quickly and efficiently.
If you are called to juvenile dependency court, it is because there have been allegations that your child has been in some way neglected or abused. Anyone with knowledge of any negative conditions may file such dependency actions, and the DFCS could take action on its own were it to receive reports of mistreatment.
Defending You & Your Family
Typically, grounds for dependency include the following:
- Unresolved substance abuse issues.
- Unstable housing.
- Unstable employment.
- Failure to protect from domestic violence.
- Inability to meet a child’s special mental health needs.
The DCFS is supposed to make attempts at working with the family before a case makes it to court. However, it would be wise to have an attorney around who understands the rights afforded to you and can ensure that they are not violated at any time, for any reason. DCFS may or may not give you a complete understanding of the options available. Cooper, Barton & Cooper, on the other hand, can help you to make sound, informed decisions based on all of the facts. Even parents who know for certain that they did nothing wrong would be well advised to seek professional legal help in these matters because the prospect of losing custody of your child is not worth the risk. It is important to bear in mind that there are grounds for dependency that does not require any fault on the part of the parent, such as being unable to meet the special mental or physical health needs of your child.
In Georgia, Juvenile Court proceedings occur in a closed court. Only individuals specifically involved in the case are permitted in the courtroom while it is heard, and DCFS has a specially appointed attorney representing them in dependency cases.
If the DCFS has contacted you, there is no time to lose. Call our Macon DFCSattorneys today at (478) 202-7050 to schedule your free consultation!