The Division of Child Protection and Permanency (formerly known as DYFS) Has Contacted You. What Should You Do?

Divorce and Family Law Legal Help in Somerville, New Jersey

When the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) notifies you that it is investigating the welfare of your child or children, there is only one first step to take in response. Contact an experienced family law attorney. Why?

The stakes are high. A DCPP investigation can lead to the loss of custody of your children, to being placed in a registry as a “child abuser,” and sometimes to being referred to the prosecutor’s office. Questions and confusion are common such as; What are my rights? What are the Superior Court legal processes? Do I have to provide any information, and at what point? A misstep can make the difference between retaining and losing the legal right to be with your children on a regular or daily basis.

The family law lawyers of Lyons & Associates can assist you. We have handled numerous DCPP cases involving alleged:

  • Physical or emotional harm to a child
  • Sexual abuse
  • Failure to provide proper care
  • Failure to prevent harm or abuse
  • Child abandonment
  • Excessive punishment

We can provide the supportive help you need during a DCPP investigation, and can handle the numerous and complicated steps that a DCPP case can involve, including, your preliminary hearing, fact-finding hearing, dispositional hearing, review hearing(s) and permanency hearing, as well as a potential trial and even appeals.

Our lawyers have a solid command of DCPP law, have worked for judges who preside over DCPP cases, and know what it takes to balance the many pitfalls when DCPP investigates your family. To contact Lyons & Associates for family law services, call 908 575-9777 our fill out our online intake form.