Representation for Grandparents in Houston
Protecting Your Rights to Custody
If your grandchildren were recently removed from their parents by Child
Protective Services (CPS), you may be hoping to secure custody, either
on a temporary or permanent basis. Whatever the reason for the removal,
it is not always a sure thing that the courts will immediately award custody
to the grandparents. The first step in protecting your rights is retaining
an experienced CPS attorney.
My firm has long been representing Houston residents with aggressive and
reputable defense tactics. Unlike many other attorneys, I am uniquely
familiar with CPS laws and procedures in Texas. I am prepared to combine
my vast knowledge with
nearly 15 years of experience to fight for the outcome you and your grandchildren need.
Find out more by filling out an
online evaluation form with the details of your case. If this is an emergency, be sure to include
enough details to convey the urgent nature of the matter.
What are my options when pursuing custody?
Many times when CPS removes a child from parental custody, they require
parents to sign a
Child Safety and Evaluation Plan detailing the reasons for the removal. This can enable you as the grandparent
to seek custody and avoid having your grandchild placed in the foster system.
In your attempt to get custody, there are two common avenues you can pursue:
Avoid filing suit: If you and your children are on good terms, you can refrain from filing
your own lawsuit and instead seek temporary custody. This will enable
you to keep your grandchildren out of foster care and testify in favor
of their parents later on in court.
File a lawsuit: Choosing to file a lawsuit signifies that you do not want your grandchildren
to go back with their parents when the case is resolved. You can file
a lawsuit, called an intervention, to obtain legal custody.
Get a Houston Child Protective Services Lawyer on Your Side
CPS cases are notoriously difficult, particularly when you go without legal
representation. As your attorney, I can ensure that you get a voice in
the matter and will work tirelessly to uphold your rights. When the Texas
Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) gets involved, you
should avoid taking any risks with the outcome of your case.
If you have questions about
parental child safety placement or are in need of representation as you pursue custody,
get in touch with Dennis M. Slate, Attorney at Law right away.