At the Bhatt Law Group, we provide aggressive representation to fight against DYFS actions. We strongly believe that every individual has a right to justice. We treat our clients like family and strive to build lasting relationships. If DYFS has started any proceedings against you, contact us immediately. Our DYFS attorneys are dedicated to helping you through every step of the process. The sooner we create a plan the better our chances of protecting your family.
You are entitled to a brief first hearing, which is called a preliminary hearing.
This hearing provides an opportunity for the judge to determine whether or not you abused or neglected your child.
If the judge finds that you abused or neglected your child, this hearing will decide what should happen next.
This hearing will decide whether your child will return home or remain in another out of home placement.
An investigation may reveal the allegations against you are unfounded, unsubstantiated, or substantiated.
There are several different hearings that may be held including a preliminary hearing, fact finding hearing, dispositional hearing, and a permanency hearing.
We will discuss your options, explain the process and outline our approach. We suggest retaining an experienced DYFS attorney during the early stages of your case. The longer you wait, you run a higher risk of losing your child. We utilize a team effort to fight DYFS. Our office is conveniently located in Jersey City but we represent clients throughout New Jersey.
Attorney Sean Doyle applies his knowledge and passion for the law to helping families experiencing a crisis. He handles family law cases for Bhatt Law Group, and is proud that he’s able to provide guidance and representation to families who are trying to navigate the often confusing and frightening New Jersey family courts and DCPP/DYFS investigations.
If DYFS believes there has been abuse or neglect, they will begin an investigation. You should consult our office immediately so we can work towards having the matter closed as soon as possible.
The investigation may reveal that the allegations against you are:
Unfounded: there are no signs of abuse or neglect and the case will be closed;
Unsubstantiated: there may be some signs of abuse or neglect but not sufficient evidence to warrant any intervention by DYFS;
Substantiated: there are clear signs of abuse or neglect and there is sufficient evidence. If the case is substantiated, you will receive notice of DYFS involvement and an Order to Show cause (our an out of court DYFS involvement). You will be entered into the DYFS Central Registry. This can be both embarrassing and detrimental to your good character. You have a right to a hearing. Contact our office immediately after receiving notice that your case has been substantiated. You only have 20 days after receiving notice to file an Administrative Appeal. Our experienced DYFS attorneys will work diligently towards having the matter resolved quickly and removing your name from the DYFS Central Registry.
There are many types of abuse or neglect that DYFS investigates:
Failure to Protect
My experience with the Bhatt Law Group was great. They spent countless hours with me advising, preparing and attending court appearances. Once DYFS gets involved, your life turns upside down. The attorneys at this office helped bring an end to my nightmare and allowed me to start a new chapter in my life. I could not imagine my life without my two kids and thanks to these attorneys I don’t have to worry about that anymore.