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Child Abuse / Neglect

If Child Protective Services has contacted you about your child, you need to know your legal rights and options. The New York domestic violence defense attorneys of Tilem & Associates, PC have a special administrative law practice assisting people throughout the New York City area with accusations of child abuse and neglect.

Our lawyers can meet with you personally and provide a free initial consultation to discuss your situation. Our law offices are in White Plains, and we regularly help people throughout Westchester County, the 5 boroughs of New York, Rockland County, Nassau County, and Suffolk County.

What We do

In any case involving alleged child abuse or neglect in New York, our domestic violence defense attorneys act as intermediaries between our clients and Child Protective Services (CPS). We know how to present your case to the authorities in a way that will get results.

Our lawyers can analyze your situation and advise you on whether you should cooperate with the authorities. We can advise you as to your rights, and give you the exact definition of child abuse and neglect under the law.

The Process

Child Protective Services begins by investigating your home situation to see if child abuse or neglect has occurred. If the investigator feels the child is not in imminent danger but is still at risk, he or she will file Article 10 motion in family court. This starts a process of reviewing whether the child should be removed from the home.

You always have the option of refusing to cooperate, but there can be consequences, as the domestic violence defense lawyers at our New York firm can advise you. Either way, an investigator can take a case to court. And an investigator is typically more likely to file an Article 10 if you do not cooperate.

If the investigator feels the child is in imminent risk, he or she will remove the child immediately. You are then entitled to a 1028 hearing to make your case.

Investigators are allowed to go to a school and interview a child without the parent knowing. If this has happened, do not take the child out of school. This will be considered child neglect.

Contact Tilem & Associates, PC

We have always maintained a client-first practice, working closely with each client. Speak with one of our New York domestic violence defense lawyers, free of charge, by calling us at 877-377-8666.

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