Child Custody Disputes
We recommend calling a lawyer any time social workers contact you as a parent or guardian. Any proceedings, questions posed or meetings instigated by social workers can have an effect on where your child lives and how often you see them; and, if anything goes to court, the actions of the social workers may affect the court proceedings. It is always a good idea to have a lawyer present to ensure that everything is done by the book. We will make sure that your side of the matter is presented and recorded accurately, as well as ensuring that the actions of the social workers are legal.
Social workers can temporarily take a child away if they consider there to be some kind of immediate danger to the child. In these cases, they have an obligation to listen to the child’s guardians, usually via a meeting at their office; however, they do not want you to know that you have the right to have a lawyer present at these meetings. You should always have a lawyer present to ensure that your rights are protected and your voice is heard. In our experience, it is especially important for multi-cultural or immigrant families to have a lawyer present when interacting with social workers.