If a parent is concerned about child abuse and neglect, the call should be made. The call should precede any type of court action because some judges in matrimonial cases will discount the concerns raised in the divorce because of the contentious nature of the litigation. Once the agency starts its investigation, it’s easier to secure a protective order or restraint pending the investigation, and as a result, depending on the severity of what’s alleged, the parent may be able to simply await the agency filing in court to save time and money but secure even greater child protection than if they had simply gone to the divorce judge.
Allison C. Williams is a matrimonial and family law attorney serving Short Hills New Jersey. Her practice places an emphasis on complex child welfare matters. www.familylawyersnewjersey.com