Family Defense

Family Defense

Allow us to guide you through the intricate and frequently emotional territory of family law. Our expertise spans various cases, including divorce, child custody conflicts, domestic violence, and child welfare matters. Our goal is to clarify your legal choices and provide a thorough and comprehensive explanation of your choices and the possible consequences of your actions. Our commitment is to safeguard your rights and interests, working tirelessly to secure the most favorable results for you and your family.

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How We Can Help

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV) has established the first Family Defense Unit in Westchester County to assist parents in managing the complexities of the Child Welfare system, with the belief that all families should remain together safely regardless of their situation. The unit uses a nationally recognized model, integrating lawyers, social workers, and parent advocates, to avert family breakups and facilitate the reunion of separated families.

Areas We Can Advise In

  • Family Defense Proceedings
  • Child Welfare Defense Services
  • Domestic Violence Defense
  • CPS Investigations and Proceedings
  • Family Reunification
  • Kinship Care Planning
  • Expungement Hearings
  • Neglect and Abuse Hearings
  • Juvenile Defense Services
  • Social Work Case Advocacy
  • Immigrant Family Legal Services
  • Appeals and Post-Disposition Services
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What You Can Expect from LSHV

At LSHV, we provide legal representation to parents undergoing Child Protective Services investigations, those with indicated reports in the State Central Register, or involved in child welfare cases in Family Court, including Article 10 Neglect and Abuse Matters. Its primary objective is to prevent children from being taken into custody.

Additionally, LSHV is committed to ensuring that every parent and guardian receives a comprehensive legal evaluation and a social work case management plan, offering the necessary legal and social support to maintain family safety and stability.

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