Neglect Proceedings on Long Island

Aggressive family law attorneys fight to protect your child's welfare

Neglect is the failure of an adult custodian to fulfill the responsibilities necessary to ensure the welfare of a child. For more than 25 years, Bryan L. Salamone & Associates, P.C. has successfully handled neglect proceedings on behalf of concerned non-custodial parents and wrongly accused custodial parents in the greater New York area. Our aggressive posture is necessary for these urgent cases where a child's life literally hangs in the balance. If you have an urgent need for legal counsel from an experienced attorney who makes a personal commitment to your success, come to Salamone & Associates. You'll find tough courtroom attorneys with the skills to win at trial and on appeal.

Who brings a neglect proceeding in New York Family Court?

When Child Protective Services (CPS) learns of certain conduct, actions, or inaction, the agency launches an investigation, which may result in a neglect proceeding against one or both parents or guardians. The action may result in removal of the child(ren). In extreme cases, CPS may remove the children before the court hears the case. Law guardians, appointed by the court to protect the legal rights of children, may also start a neglect proceeding. A Family Court judge presides over these proceedings.

What is neglect?

Neglect may involve the failure to do something necessary, or acting in a way that is detrimental to the health and welfare of the child(ren):

  • Basic neglect — Failure to provide proper food, clothing, supervision or shelter in a safe environment
  • Educational neglect — Includes allowing or promoting truancy, failure to attend parent-teacher conferences, sending the child to school unprepared and ill-equipped, failure to supervise homework and oversee progress, as well as failure to address learning disabilities or behavioral problems that interfere with learning
  • Medical neglect — Failure to observe and address symptoms of illness in the child, failure to provide preventive care, such as vaccinations and TB tests, failure to administer medications correctly, etc.
  • Negligent, reckless or lawless actions in the presence of a child — Includes driving without a license or while intoxicated with a child in a car

How does Family Court on Long Island handle neglect proceedings?

Parents accused of neglect have the right to due process in the Family Court. This includes:

  • The right to know the charges and to examine the evidence and witnesses against them
  • The right to counsel
  • The right to a trial

Of course, due process is of little use unless you're capably represented. Salamone & Associates delivers the quality trial counsel you need to safeguard your parental rights.

Hire aggressive child custody attorneys who are determined to win

Bryan L. Salamone & Associates, P.C. provides aggressive representation for parents facing neglect proceedings. Contact Bryan L. Salamone & Associates, P.C. online for a free initial consultation to find out if the firm can represent you. For urgent cases, call us immediately at 1.631.479.3839.