If you have found out that a dependency and neglect petition has been filed against you, it is normal if you are experiencing a lot of different emotions. You are likely worried, afraid, and/or confused. You know that the Department of Human Services has filed a petition against you because it believes you (or your child(ren)’s other parent) are not taking proper care of your child(ren). You may not know what that means, and you do not know what steps you should take. Basler Family Law is here to help you.
It is important to understand that you need legal representation when dealing with a dependency and neglect case. At Basler Family Law, our attorneys will be by your side every step of the way, fighting on your behalf. We will explain the situation to you, gather evidence, and help to ensure that your child(ren) are safe and in your case as soon as possible. We understand the emotional rollercoaster of a dependency and neglect proceeding, and we will do everything in our power to mitigate your fears and help you and your child(ren) have the best possible outcome.
Dependency and neglect actions follow a different section of Colorado Law and it is important that you have an attorney who understands Title 19 and the dependency and neglect process. There are a lot of people involved in a dependency and neglect case, not just attorneys. Many parents end up stuck in the process far longer than is necessary because they started out “on the wrong foot” (feel like there is a better way to say this). This is usually because they have an attorney that is not familiar with these types of cases.
The attorneys at Basler Family Law have the experience necessary to fight on your behalf, navigate the process, and ensure that your child(ren) are safe and able to be with you as soon as possible.
What to Do If You’ve Been Accused
At Basler Family Law, our attorneys have handled enough cases to know that false accusations do occur. Sadly, they occur more often than most would like to admit, and they can ruin lives if not handled properly.
If you have been accused, the first thing you need to do is hire an attorney. The burden of proof is technically on the state, but if you fail to mount an appropriate defense, you could end up losing your child(ren). While you will likely be able to get you child(ren) back if you have not done anything wrong, even losing them briefly can greatly traumatize your child(ren), your relationship with your child(ren), and your reputation.
We know you need an advocate in your corner. Our law firm has helped countless men and women in your situation. We do not want to see any children abused or neglected, but we also do not want to see children suffer the emotional scars of being removed from a parent for any longer than is necessary.
The attorneys at Basler Family Law are here to help you every step of the way. We know this is an emotionally charged situation and you need someone who has your child(ren)’s best interests in mind. We are also here to provide emotional support to you as you deal with this process. With our help, we can work to ensure you realize your desired outcome as swiftly as possible.