Asked in Family Law for Tennessee

Q: What happens in court for first time on a child neglect case

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Thomas W Coupé
Thomas W Coupé
  • Memphis, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: It depends on each court, but if DCS is involved it normally means DCS will file a petition for dependency and neglect and state in that petition why they believe a child is in danger. If DCS believes it is an emergency, they may file a Protective Custody Order (PCO) and remove the child from the home. The court will hold an emergency hearing to determine if the child(ren) should remain out of the home. Any parent who cannot afford an attorney can have one appointed and all children will receive a Guardian ad Litem (an attorney to represent the child).

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