What happens if I'm accused of child neglect in Arizona?

If you have been accused of child neglect in Arizona, whether you are the custodial or non-custodial parent, the court will look at the situation and decide if emergency orders need to be put into place. You will likely be investigated by Child Protective Services (CPS), and it will be determined if the child is at risk.

CPS often has a more difficult time assessing neglect. Although there are clear-cut cases, such as a child living in a meth lab full of guns, most cases are not as clear. CPS will attempt to determine if there are other avenues to address any concerns of neglect before making the decision to remove the child from your home. For example, if your child is unsupervised while you are at work, CPS may work with you to get reliable child care in place so that the child is supervised and can remain in the home.

Any Arizona child custody modification involving neglect can become very complicated and very emotional. If you need answers and direction, speak with one of our compassionate and skilled Scottsdale child custody lawyers today at 1-888-929-5292. We also recommend you take a look at our book, Arizona Family Law - How to Handle Tough Issues in Tough Times. Our Phoenix family law attorneys look forward to speaking with you.