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 Williams is a Union, New Jersey family lawyer who is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a matrimonial law attorney. To learn more about Allison, visit her firm’s online profile or thru her website www.newjerseydyfsdefense.com.