Memphis Dependency And Neglect Lawyers

Dependency and neglect issues need to be handled with utmost seriousness. In Tennessee, it is required by law that all who suspect child abuse must report it to a relevant authority. The situation is also extremely serious for parents accused of child abuse or neglect; the prospect of losing a child can be an incredibly emotional experience.

If you are a relative, caretaker or guardian of a child and are considering reporting child abuse or neglect or believe you have been wrongly accused, it is important to act immediately, deliberately and decisively by partnering with the strongest attorney you can find.

Shelby County Attorneys For Child Abuse Cases

We at The Childress Firm, PLLC, are prepared to bring our hands-on approach, creativity and unrelenting commitment to advocacy to help you in any dependency or neglect issue.

It is important to realize that these cases are usually initiated by the Department of Children's Services (DCS). Cases may be related to physical abuse of a child, domestic violence in the home or substance abuse issues. Once the action is filed, a judge will rule whether there was dependency or neglect involved. In the event that there was, custody and visitation arrangements are immediately changed. As always, it is determined in the child's best interests.

Potential outcomes can include:

  • Order of protection
  • Termination of parental rights
  • Custody rights to the child can become shared. That is, you could lose sole custody and then have to share custody because you've neglected or abused the child. Then custody disputes come into play.
  • Parent ordered to drug treatment program, drug tested, members of house could be drug tested

Theresa D. Childress began working on child advocacy cases in law school in addition to her work in the public defender's office. When we formed the firm, she decided to make dependency and neglect issues a core part of our family law practice.

Our lawyers will do everything we can to ensure your family's health, stability and well-being. We encourage you to get in touch with us as soon as possible.

To schedule a free initial consultation to discuss family law issues with one of our Memphis dependency and neglect attorneys, call 901-318-3719 or email the firm.