Sussex County DCP&P Order to Investigate Dropped
Handling Sussex County DYFS Matters in Newton, New Jersey
The Sussex County DCP&P defense lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm recently helped another family stay out of court after the Division filed a Verified Complaint for an Order to Investigate. Our client was accused of excessive corporal punishment after the child’s school called 1-877-NJ-ABUSE to report that the child had multiple bruises on her leg. Then, the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (“DCP&P”), formerly known as the Division of Youth and Family Services (“DYFS”) initiated an investigation to determine whether or not the bruises were caused by physical discipline. As part of the investigation, DCP&P attempted to interview the parents but were not initially successful and eventually filed a complaint with the Sussex County Family Court for an Order to Investigate, which required the family’s compliance with the Division’s investigatory efforts. And, the order required that the parents appear in court. However, our seasoned defense team was able to negotiate closure of the case with the Division without having to step foot in the courtroom. Now, the Order to Investigation is dismissed, the Division’s case will be closed and our client will move on without having to appear in court.
DCP&P is statutorily obligated to investigate any and all allegations of child abuse, neglect, and child welfare concerns that are reported to the child abuse hotline in New Jersey. More importantly, when the Division initiates an investigation, parents are obligated to cooperate with DCP&P investigations to a certain extent. But if the parents do not initially cooperate, then the Division is permitted by law to file a Complaint for an Order to Investigate in the New Jersey Superior Court in the county where the family resides. If the court grants the Division’s request for an Order to Investigate, then there will be a court order forcing the parents to provide information or access to the children or entry to the family’s home to assess the situation and determine whether or not the allegations of child abuse or neglect are true.
Our client’s recent case demonstrates how having an experienced DCP&P defense attorney on your side during an investigation can expedite the process and get the Division out of your life sooner rather than later. The bottom line is that if DCP&P knocks on your door, you should contact the DYFS defense lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm because having an experienced DCP&P defense lawyer on your side during a DCP&P investigation will make the process easier to handle.
Help with a DCP&P Investigation in Sussex County NJ
Our attorneys are always available to discuss your case, guide you through the ordeal, and advise you as to the best course to navigate through the Division’s involvement with your family. Thus, if you are being investigated by DYFS or you have been served with notice of an Order to Investigate, contact the DCP&P defense attorneys at the Tormey Law Firm today for a free initial consultation at (908)-356-6900.