Oklahoma CPS Lawyers
How Does the Indian Child Welfare Act Apply in a Deprived Case?
There are two Indian Child Welfare Acts that would apply to you if you find yourself trying to get your children back in Oklahoma courts. Now the first Indian Child Welfare Act that would apply to you is going to be the State ICWA Act. ICWA is what we say... I-C-W-A, short for the Indian Child Welfare Act. Now the state act and the federal act are pretty well the same. There are some small differences, but you really have to follow what both say. In addition, the Bureau of Indian Affairs puts out guidelines. The most recent, I think, are 2016, and they also state parts of the law that you have to follow. Read more »
How Do You Make a Good First Impression in Court?
If you show up and you look a certain way, you're dressed up nice. It really does go a long way with everyone in the courtroom. It makes it seem like you appreciate the nature of why you're there, that you have respect for the court. For instance, Women, blouse or dress and pants. Men, a tie and a buttoned shirt. Read more »
A Major Quality Your CPS investigation Attorney Must Have!
Now if you have an attorney that knows deprived law that is great. But if you have an attorney that knows not only deprived law but when a person should and shouldn't testify, and how to make sure they're going to testify in a way that fully gets their point-of-view across, fully gets the truth across, then that's the type of attorney you need in a deprived case. And that's the type of CPS attorney we have at our firm. Read more »
Timing Is Everything in a Deprived Case
Once Oklahoma DHS is taking your children, you are set for a show cause hearing or a temporary emergency custody hearing. Read more »
What Is Immediate Termination of Parental Rights?
Petition for Adjudication and Immediate Termination of Parental Rights. What does that mean? Well, it means the state is saying that whatever they think you did, it was shocking and heinous. That means it's the worst of the worst. It's what you see on the nightly news that you can barely watch. It's child sexual abuse, extensive child physical abuse. Read more »
DHS Just Took Your Kids: What Happens at a Show Cause Hearing?
What happens at a show cause hearing or temporary emergency custody hearing? So once DHS comes in and removes your children from your home, there is a, within 48 hours, a hearing set. Now at this hearing, you have a right to have an attorney, and I would highly encourage you to use that right and to get an attorney to help you during this process. Read more »