If Child Protective Services in Michigan is threatening to remove your rights as a parent, then you are likely frightened and confused. For the majority of parents there is little that is more menacing than facing such a threat. When facing impending cessation of your parental rights, you need to be fully aware of the facts surrounding your case and how your future and that of your family can be affected in an extremely negative manner under our current laws. Aside from facing the possibility of losing your parental rights, many allegations which are grave enough to cause CPS to step in can also lead to legal charges with a consequence of incarceration.
Prosecutors may even take a step back and wait to see how your termination case proceeds before they make the decision as to whether to bring felony accusations against you. Because of the potential domino effect of CPS cases, it is extremely important that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who has dealt with CPS in the past to defend your rights as a parent, as well as your potential freedom. Termination of parental rights puts you, as a parent, in the same position you would be in if you had never been the parent except you still have to pay child support. If your parental rights are terminated, you no longer have the right to visit your child, care for him or her or take part in any decisions surrounding your child. Both you and your child will suffer from termination of rights, making it very important that you be represented by an experienced attorney.
Unfortunate decisions made in the beginning of your case can cause you significant legal problems further on. The state of Michigan has certain time constraints in place which govern how long such cases can stay open. Many times caseworkers do not put forth the necessary time and effort required to bring a positive outcome for all family members, and the courts grow weary as time passes. This impatience means they are more likely to consider removing parental rights simply because the case is not moving forward. You must be aware that termination of your rights as a parent are always possible until the case is officially closed, so it is especially important that you retain an attorney as early on in the case as possible.
Michigan law allows only for a judge to decide the issue of cessation of parental rights. By the time your termination case finally reaches the actual termination hearing, there may have been huge amounts of adverse information sent to the court, making it extremely difficult to persuade the judge that it is not in the best interests of the child to terminate your rights. This is yet another reason you must be well-represented each and every time information about you is presented to the court.
The attorneys of Satawa Law, PLLC are well-accustomed to guiding parents through difficult cases which often involve hostile CPS workers and over-zealous prosecutors. It is imperative that you have an attorney with a solid commitment to their client, knowledge of the specific laws, a willingness to fight for you, professional trial skills and the aggressiveness to take on an often uphill battle. Most parents are completely caught off guard by the nature and severity of the allegations which caused CPS to step in.Satawa Law, PLLC has successfully handled and tried hundreds of these cases and is committed to protecting your fundamental right to parent. Her expertise and specialized training make her exceptionally qualified to provide you with the highest quality representation from start to finish.