Dependency And Neglect: Protecting Your Parental Rights
An anonymous call to the Arkansas Department of Human Services can set in motion a chain of events that could lead to the loss of your parental rights. Your child could be taken from you, placed in a foster home and your access to him or her severely restricted. Even if your child is allowed to remain in your home, you may be subject to intrusive inspections and harassment by state social workers.
If you have been informed that an investigator from the department’s Division of Children and Family Services plans to visit your home, you should obtain legal representation as soon as possible. Within 72 hours of that visit, your child could be taken from you.
At Robertson, Oswalt, Nony & Associates, we provide aggressive representation for parents threatened with the loss of parental rights. Our firm challenges the assertions of state social workers, working hard to keep children in the homes where they belong.
Have You Been Contacted By A Social Worker?
Some abuse and neglect cases are closed with no further action by the state. But if your child has been taken into foster care, a hearing to determine whether you should be allowed to keep your child will be scheduled within five days. If the Division of Children and Family Services has filed a petition alleging abuse or neglect but left your child in your home, a hearing will be held within 20 days. In either situation, you are at grave risk of losing your parental rights.
“Failure to get legal representation in the immediate hours after a visit or phone call from a child maltreatment investigator is a big mistake. At our law firm, we are passionate about parental rights. We will fight for you.” — Attorney Bonnie Robertson
Little Rock Lawyers Who Will Fight For You
Our firm can represent you in dependency and neglect hearings, providing information in support of your parental rights. We can cross-examine witnesses and call our own witnesses to refute the state’s claims. The Little Rock child custody attorneys at Robertson, Oswalt, Nony & Associates will work hard to protect your rights every step of the way.
For an initial consultation with an experienced lawyer, contact Robertson, Oswalt, Nony & Associates. Call 501-588-4451 or send us a message online today. For your convenience, Visa and Mastercard are accepted and payment plans are available. From our office in Little Rock, we help parents throughout Central Arkansas.