A 34-year-old retail clerk recently found herself in need of a skilled Indianapolis family lawyer when her young daughter alleged that her (the mother’s) boyfriend inappropriately touched her. Upon the allegations being made, the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) filed a Child in Need of Services (CHINS) cases on not only the daughter, but her two siblings. As the cases progressed, the children were removed from the home and sent to live with relatives. Wanting to reunite her family, the woman reached out to Hessler Law for help.
Family attorney Sean Hessler entered into mediation with DCS and his client, during which the situation was discussed and if there was a way to resolve the case before going to trial. After further discussions, they came to a partial agreement. The client admitted that her daughter was a CHINS because of the alleged abuse by her boyfriend. Because of admitting this, DCS agreed to continue providing counseling and therapy for the entire family. As a result, all of the children were able to return home, and the allegations of the other two children being CHINS were dropped.
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