The agency most commonly known as “DYFS” is now called The Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP). DCPP’s mission is to protect children from abuse and neglect and ensure that they have stable homes. For loving caregivers, an accusation of child abuse can be devastating. DCPP takes all allegations of abuse and neglect very seriously. If you have been accused of child abuse, there is a chance your children could be removed from your home. Monmouth County child abuse lawyers at Fox & Melofchik, L.L.C. are dedicated to helping caregivers fight unwarranted allegations of abuse and neglect. With over eight decades of combined experience, we are prepared to defend your good name and keep your family together.
The DCPP is one of the most complex agencies in the State of New Jersey. DCPP cases proceed in accordance with their own Rules of Court and Rules of Evidence. If your lawyer is not well versed in these specialized rules, they may need to spend many extra hours preparing your case in order to adequately prepare for trial. This can be very costly for clients.
Busy family court judges may feel pressured to speed their dockets along. As a result, it is common practice for judges to keep documents and evidence from the accused caregiver, and only disclose these records to the lawyers involved in the case. Some lawyers fail to involve their clients in this process, and the court ends up making important decision about child custody and parenting time without giving the accused a chance to discredit DCPP’s findings.
At Fox & Melofchik, L.L.C. we make sure that our clients have access to all DCPP’s records relating to their case. We will take the time to discuss DCPP’s records with you and get your side of the story so that it can be presented to the court. We will also take the time to answer whatever questions you may have about your case, and keep you aware of every development in your case.
It is common for DCPP to object to the disclosure of its records to the caregiver. Our experienced Monmouth County child abuse lawyers will fight back. We know that the governing statutes require disclosure of these records to the accused, and will file an order with the court to compel their disclosure.
We take the time to thoroughly prepare all of our clients for trial. We will:
DCPP’s goal is always to protect the welfare of children. Even the most minor accusations are often heavily investigated and in filing charges, the agency often errs on the side of caution and takes action to protect alleged victims. Monmouth County child abuse lawyers at Fox & Melofchik, L.L.C. work closely with our clients to get their side of the story. After a thorough review of the facts, our professional team of lawyers will prepare the optimal legal strategy for your case. We are committed to getting the best possible outcome for every member of your family.
With offices located in Ocean Township, New Jersey, we serve clients in Monmouth County, Middlesex County, Mercer County, and in the towns of Colts Neck, Rumson, Deal, Monmouth Beach, Little Silver and Holmdel. To schedule a consultation, call us at 732-493-9400 or complete our online contact form.