DCFS & Child Custody
Our Los Angeles Domestic Violence Attorneys Can Assist You
When there is a domestic violence allegation or arrest in a household with
children, the state of California make take swift, decisive action to
protect those children from what it believes may be a volatile situation.
When this happens, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)
could become involved and seriously disrupt your family's living arrangement
and both parents' legal access to your children. In these circumstances,
it may be necessary to retain legal counsel well-versed in both criminal
and family court matters.
Okabe & Haushalter, our trusted, aggressive Los Angeles domestic violence lawyers understand
the challenges and dilemmas that domestic violence suspects face. Just
a mere allegation of this type of crime is enough to throw a family into
upheaval and careful legal navigation is required to ensure that the matter
is resolved as favorably and efficiently as possible.
If you or your family is facing issues with DCFS as a result of a domestic
violence matter, our firm is ready to hear your story.
Call us at 310.953.3799 today.
What will DCFS do?
If there had been a domestic violence allegation or arrest at your home
that you share with children, the DCFS and law enforcement can both take
action to ensure the safety of a child. How they proceed can vary based
on the circumstances and the severity of the incident but, in many cases,
there may be suspicions that child abuse or
sex abuse of a minor has occurred or could occur.
When there is a domestic violence matter at your home, DCFS can:
- Interview your child and other family members about what happened
- Assign a temporary in-home caretaker to assist children and parents
- Place a restraining order on the accused parent
- Advise that the other parent/significant other also file a restraining order
- Remove your child and place them with an available parent
- Remove your child and place them with available relatives
- Remove your child and place them in a foster home (or group home)
Because the well-being of a child may be at risk, DCFS is known to take
aggressive, preventative action against families once there has been a
domestic violence accusation or arrest. The accused in these cases often
not only need their rights and reputation protected in criminal court
but also need their parental rights and capabilities asserted in family
court, as well. Domestic abuse charges can dramatically change a parents'
child custody arrangement and the accused in these cases need advocacy
on multiple fronts to see that these matters are resolved in the best
interests of everyone.
Do you have child custody concerns following your domestic violence arrest?
Use our online form to request a
free case evaluation today.