Child Neglect

Child Neglect

It is a parent’s worst nightmare: often, for reasons completely beyond your control, allegations of abuse have been made. What can you do? Where can you turn? Turn to Stange Law Firm, PC.
If your child has been taken into custody by the Division of Family Services (DFS), we can help you in this matter. Our experienced attorneys focus only on family law matters, so we have developed in-depth knowledge of the law. When this situation occurs, it is crucial that you work with our experienced legal team as quickly as possible so that we can help represent you in this process to get your children back.
Our skilled lawyers represent parents, babysitters, coaches, and caretakers who were accused of abuse or neglect. When we meet with them, we talk about the situation. Often drug use or other factors are to blame. We understand.

The Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board

If you have been found by the court to have caused abuse or neglect, you are entitled to review by a Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board (“CANRB”). Missouri has several boards made up of professionals outside the division. These professionals hear and review cases where the alleged abuser disagrees with the finding of the preponderance of the evidence.

Stange Law Firm can successfully help you before the CANRB board or can take this matter to court for you if you disagree with a finding of abuse or neglect. We know the local courts and administrative processes and can tailor our strategies to help you protect your rights and your relationship with your children.

You can also read more on this topic in an article written by Kirk C. Stange titled: Overview of Child Protection Laws.

You can also read another article that we have written on the topic: Missouri Senate passes a bill that addresses child neglect.

Contact Our Attorneys in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Indiana

To speak to our experienced domestic violence attorneys, contact us online or by phone and arrange your consultation at any one of our convenient locations. We have locations in St. Louis, Chicago, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Columbia, Springfield, Wichita, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Lincoln, and beyond.


Helpful Information Regarding Family Violence From our Webpage

We handle many different issues related to family violence:
Domestic abuse
You do not have to suffer through domestic abuse. The attorneys at Stange Law Firm have a great deal of experience handling domestic violence matters. We can help you understand your options
Child neglect
If your child has been taken into custody by the Department of Social Services, Stange Law Firm can help you in this matter.
Protective orders
The attorneys at Stange Law Firm, PC, have successfully obtained orders of protection and can work to obtain protection for you and your loved ones.
Psychological Evaluations in Divorce
The psychological state of the parties might be an important issue in a custody dispute. We can help request a psychological evaluation if this is an important issue in your case.
Juvenile Matters
Important child custody issues might be litigated in the juvenile court. Attorneys at Stange Law Firm, PC can help if that is the case.
Supervised Visitation
In some severe cases, one parent might be a risk to the physical health or emotional development of the children such that supervised visitation might need to be explored. We can help in these cases.
Guardian ad Litem
A Guardian ad Litem might need to be appointed in a custody case to ensure the interests of the children are protected
Parental Alienation
In extreme cases, children might be alienated from their parents. This can happen in unfortunate cases and we have experience in these types of cases.
Estranged Children
Opposite of parental alienation, in some cases, the conduct of a parent might be so extreme that the children become realistically estranged from their parent. It's important to have an attorney who understands realistic estrangement and how it can often be overlooked.
Parental Abduction
Parental abduction is a crisis type situation where one of the parents flees with the children in violation of a court order or to deprive the other parent of any custody time. It is critical to act fast and have an attorney in your corner if this is the case.
Drug Tests
Drug use can be significant problem in child custody cases. In certain cases, a parent might be a drug or alcohol abuser. It is vital to have an attorney who understands this issue and can help obtain an order for a drug or alcohol test.
Parent Coordinators
While it is not allowed by statute in Missouri or Illinois except by agreement, in some extreme cases, the parties might agree to have a parent coordinator help resolve legal custody disputes between parents who cannot co-parent. At Stange Law Firm, PC, we can help you explore this option as it might help minimize the need for costly litigation.
Sexual Abuse Allegations
In some child custody cases, sexual abuse allegations can arise. In some instances, the allegations regrettably turn out to be true. In other cases, the allegations are false and/or brought maliciously. No matter the situation, it is critical that you have counsel in your corner if sexual abuse allegations are part of your child custody matter.
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From our webpage, you can also read articles about family law, view informational videos, seminar videos, listen to our podcast, download our mobile application or view support calculators for MissouriIllinois and Kansas.

If you are looking to find and hire a child custody lawyer, contact us online or by phone to schedule a consultation at any of our convenient locations.


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