Protecting What Matters Most

Skilled Representation In Cases Of Child Abuse And Neglect

New York takes accusations of child abuse or neglect very seriously. However, there is a chance that abuse allegations may be a method to gain advantage in the event of a divorce.

Whether you are facing accusations of abuse or filing for protective custody, I can help. I am family law attorney Keith Schulefand and at the law firm of Keith B. Schulefand, Esq., will provide you with experienced counsel. No matter the circumstances, these cases are always emotionally challenging.

I know the law and will support you and protect your rights at every turn.

CPS And Neglect Proceedings

Going through a CPS investigation can be difficult for everyone involved. I will work with you side-by-side throughout the entire process of:

  • CPS report — When CPS receives a call, they will send notice to the subject and any other people involved that they will investigate allegations of abuse. It is generally the county that files a report.
  • CPS investigation — CPS usually collaborates with Erie County officials in their investigation. They interview children and witnesses to collect information and evidence.
  • Filing of facing a neglect petition — If both CPS and county lawyers find the child to be in danger, they will file a neglect petition. This petition takes the case to family court.

If you wish to challenge a neglect petition, you will need strong representation.

I have over 30 years of experience of protecting parental rights and understand the stress involved in these serious matters. I will always look out for the best interests of you and your children.

Custody Petitions In Child Abuse Cases

Petitions of neglect are often quickly followed by petitions for custody from the other parent or even grandparents. Neglect cases and CPS investigations can be traumatic for children of any age. Filing for custody can provide some level of protection in these tough situations.

I have comprehensive experience guiding clients through the custody process. I understand the high stakes involved in complex family law issues and will strive to protect your family while seeking a reasonable outcome.

Contact My Office Today

Accusations of neglect and court proceedings can have long-lasting impacts on your family dynamic and your children. I aim to minimize those consequences and reduce your anxiety.

Email my Williamsville office today to schedule an appointment.