This post is being written to conclude and recap my series on the handling of DCF cases in Melbourne, Florida. I felt it was necessary to write on this topic as, for obvious reasons, many parents do not know how to proceed when they face abuse or neglect allegations. By better understanding their situation, one can take steps to ensure that both their rights, and the wellbeing of their child, remain protected. The goal of my recent articles has been to provide information which will help people to better navigate their predicament. It has also been my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of an attorney. If you or a loved one are in need of assistance then contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
I have addressed several topics over my recent articles. Issues which I have analyzed include:
- The process when a report is made to DCF
- How to deal with a DCF home visit
- The need for an attorney in dependency cases
- Why non-custodial parents should retain a DCF attorney
- Dealing with false abuse and neglect allegations
I chose to write on these topics for a number of reasons. First, finding out that one is involved in “the system” can be intimidating. Knowing what to expect from the process is crucial for someone who is facing such a situation. Second, it is important that one not be confrontational with case workers from the Department of Children and Families. By being upfront, transparent, and forthcoming with the caseworker, you can increase the chances of resolving the matter. Third, dealing with the legal process can be quite complicated and an attorney can help you prepare for each step along the way. Fourth, many non-custodial parents make the mistake of thinking that the Court will grant them custody of the child almost as a matter of course. This is not the case. Finally, and unfortunately, false allegations can be common when the parents are in an ongoing child custody dispute. It is important to take false allegations seriously and to give them the attention they deserve.
One point that I stressed throughout each of these articles is that it is important to retain an attorney immediately if you are under DCF investigation. By retaining counsel immediately, you help to ensure that your matter is handled properly from the beginning. This is important for protecting your rights as well as the safety of your child. Our Melbourne dependency lawyers are experienced in handling such matters and we believe that everyone should receive quality representation. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. We also serve the cities of Titusville, Cocoa, Palm Bay, Grant, Valkaria, and Rockledge, as well as in the Indian River County areas of Fellsmere, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Indian River Shores, and Orchid.