Cases involving suspected child abuse and or neglect are always full of emotion and risk. Child Protective Services (CPS) can remove your children if they believe your children have been abused and/or neglected or are at risk of abuse and/or neglect. This type of case requires a Family law attorney that has experience in the Child Protective Services field. When looking for an attorney to deal with a child abuse/neglect case, make sure that the attorney has a background in dealing specifically with these types of cases. Leigh Ann Schenk has that background because she worked as an investigator with CPS for many years before becoming an attorney. Leigh Ann testified in several cases as a Child Abuse Expert in the field of forensic interviewing of children and forensic investigations including Sexual and Physical abuse of children for the State and for the Defendant.

If Child Protective Services has contacted you to interview your child or if they already interviewed the child at school or another location, it is better to have an attorney by your side BEFORE you make any statement to Child Protective Services and/or Law Enforcement. Remember that these two entities work together, and Child Protective Services is NOT required to Mirandize you prior to an interview but that everything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. If CPS is knocking on your door, you need to call the Law Office of Leigh Ann Schenk for a consultation to ensure the process is fair and just and that your rights as a parent are not violated.

Using Subpoena Power

If you were to represent yourself in any case, you could lack the power to subpoena proof that you need in the case to win your argument. Your lawyer, however, has the legal ability to subpoena proof, like testimony from the children or their caretakers, as well as school and medical records. This evidence can be formally submitted in court to show how the children are being cared for. There’s an old saying that “A person that represents themself has a fool for a client”.

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If you are going through a child custody case, whether it is a divorce or modification, and you suspect child abuse or neglect in the other parent’s home, protect your child by contacting Leigh Ann Schenk today. If it is an emergency call 911 or the Child Abuse Hotline.

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