Allegations of child abuse or neglect can arise in child custody disputes. In Michigan, Child Protective Services (CPS) investigates reports of child abuse or neglect, which can be reported anonymously by anyone. CPS is required to investigate and will close their file if no merit is found. A person who makes a false allegation can be accused of parental alienation.
On the other hand, if the Child Protective Services worker finds evidence of abuse or neglect, the matter will be referred to the county prosecutor for potential criminal charges and you could end up losing your child custody rights through a child protective proceeding to terminate parental rights. These types of cases typically involve a DHS social worker, a guardian ad litem (person appointed to represent the interest of the child), and prosecutor, who work together to develop a case service plan or for termination of parent rights. It is important to have representation in these proceedings to establish a plan for reunification with your child as opposed to termination.
To schedule an appointment to discuss Child Protective Services, please call (734) 475-4659.x