Indianapolis Family Law CHINS Lawyer
Parents are responsible for the care and well-being of their children. When a child’s physical or mental well-being is at risk, laws exist to protect the interests of the child. The state of Indiana will determine that a child is a Child in Need of Services or (CHINS) whenever circumstances exist that pose a mental or physical threat to the development of the child.
Food, clothing, shelter, education, medical care, and supervision are important to the proper upbringing of a child. If a parent is unable, refuses to provide, or is negligent in providing these items for their child, the state can intervene via a CHINS action.
Additional CHINS descriptions can include instances of physical abuse, mental abuse, or sexual abuse. An act or omission by the child’s parent, guardian, or custodian that seriously endangers the child’s physical or mental health can allow the State to determine that a child is a CHINS. If a child is the victim of a sex offense, lives with another child who is a victim of a sex offense, or lives in the same household as the adult who committed the sex offense the State may determine the child to be CHINS in order to seek proper treatment and rehabilitation services.
There are many other situations in which the State may intervene and determine that a child is CHINS. If you have questions about these laws, contact us. Our family law lawyers can discuss your situation and advise you of your legal rights and options.
Indianapolis Child Protection Lawyers
While a parent does have the right to raise their child in the way that they see fit, if there is evidence of abuse or neglect the State does have a right to act on behalf of the child’s best interests. In extreme circumstances, the State may choose to terminate parental rights in order to protect the well-being of the child.
Our Indianapolis family law attorneys have experience representing parents in matters related to CHINS cases and have served in a Guardian Ad Litem capacity to communicate with the court the best interests of the child. Many clients have questions about how much it costs to hire an attorney for a CHINS case. Our typical retainer ranges between $1,500 to $3,000. This amount allows our attorneys to begin the work to represent you and is not a reflection of the total cost of litigation. If you are involved in a CHINS action, you can save litigation fees by hiring an attorney as soon as possible rather than after you’ve had several interactions with authorities. Contact us to schedule a consultation to discuss your unique case and how our attorneys experienced in family law can help you with your Child in Need of Services issue.