Im currently going to dependency court because the mother of my child tested positive for drugs. In their usual fashion DCFS turned against me also although at the time it was debateable if the child was even mine and I had absolutely no access to the child. I was about the file for child custody before DCFS called me and told me they had allegations against me and told me not to file the paternity action paperwork. Should I go ahead and file the paperwork for paternity action anyways or what should I do here. Im very hesitant to cooperate with DCFS because their allegations are actually more like perjury.
Dependency court takes precedence over family court. Cooperating with DCFS is not really optional, you need to go through their process and you can retain a juvenile/dependency attorney to represent you.
This response will not create an attorney-client relationship between you and Sarieh Law Offices, and is not intended to serve as a legal advice in your specific circumstances. This response is a legal opinion based solely on facts represented and you should not rely on this legal opinion as a legal advice. You still need to consult an attorney directly to fully protect your legal rights.
You must cooperate and do everything that DCFS wants you to do even if you do not agree with their recommendations or findings. You really do not have a choice. If you want a fighting chance for custody/visitation/access to your child you have to conduct yourself as if cooperating with DCFS is the only way it will happen for you...because it is. You need to understand that the sole purpose of DCFS is to protect the child and do what is best for the child regardless of the feelings of the parents. I suggest reading through the link I provided to help you better understand what is going on. You do have a right to represent you in these proceedings, if you cannot afford to hire one privately you can ask the court to appoint an attorney for you. I highly do not recommend trying to do this on your own.
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