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Somerset County Child Protection & Permanency Lawyers

An Unfaltering Focus on Your Child’s Well-Being

Child Protection and Permanency is New Jersey’s child welfare agency created to protect children and support families. CP&P investigates allegations of child abuse and neglect and, if necessary, arranges for the child’s protection and any necessary treatment.

When facing allegations of neglect or abuse, or when under investigation by CP&P, families should retain competent legal counsel as soon as possible. At Shimalla, Wechsler, Lepp & D’Onofrio, LLP, we seek to protect families and keep them together when appropriate. First and foremost, our highest priority is the well-being of any children involved in the case. You can count on our Somerset County Child Protection & Permanency lawyers to represent you with vigor and compassion.

Discuss your CP&P case with our firm today. Call (908) 356-7634 or contact us online to schedule a confidential consultation.

Thorough Representation to Protect Your Rights & Your Child’s Safety

Receiving a knock on your door from CP&P is undoubtedly intimidating and nerve-wracking. Though CP&P is an important agency that plays a vital role in protecting children, it can also overstep the scope of its authority and leave families feeling the unintended consequences of investigations and actions for years to come.

If you have received notice that you are under investigation by New Jersey’s CP&P, Shimalla, Wechsler, Lepp & D’Onofrio, LLP can provide relentless and personalized representation. We take the time to get to know our clients and provide attentive service that accounts for their unique needs and goals.

The CP&P Investigation Process

An initial investigation consists of interviews with parents, guardians, and other family members as well as a home inspection. A finding of abuse or neglect will result in a removal action. Following this finding are various legal proceedings and a possible trial.

It is in your best interests to retain counsel every step of the way. Our Child Protection & Permanency lawyers in Somerset County can help you understand your rights and options at each juncture.

Effects of CP&P Findings on Child Custody

An investigation or finding of neglect/abuse can impact custody arrangements. Depending on the circumstances, CP&P may request the family court to prohibit contact between a parent and the child. Custody may be shifted from one parent to the other. There are several possible outcomes, all of which should be discussed with your attorney.

At Shimalla, Wechsler, Lepp & D’Onofrio, LLP, we understand the profoundly devastating impact that a CP&P investigation can have on a family. We strive to provide attentive representation while keeping your child’s best interests in mind every step of the way.

Give us a call at (908) 356-7634 or contact us online to request your initial consultation.

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    Our firm’s attorneys have over 110 years of combined legal experience.

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    Our firm focuses on Family Law and offers a full spectrum of services.

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