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  • Tips for Surviving a 51A DCF Investigation for Child Neglect or Abuse
    Tips for Surviving a 51A DCF Investigation for Child Neglect or Abuse

    DCF attorney Nicole K. Levy explores strategies for parents and caregivers who are under investigation by DCF for child neglect or abuse. Click here for print friendly PDF format. In 2016, I wrote a ...

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  • Responding to DCF Findings of
    Responding to DCF Findings of "Substantiated Concern" in Child Neglect and Abuse Investigations

    Massachusetts DCF attorney Nicole K. Levy explores the increasingly common finding of “substantiated concern” in DCF investigations for child abuse and neglect. Out of all of the DCF Services we ...

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  • The DCF Fair Hearing Process: Appealing Supported Findings of Child Neglect or Abuse
    The DCF Fair Hearing Process: Appealing Supported Findings of Child Neglect or Abuse

    DCF Attorney Nicole K. Levy outlines the DCF Fair Hearing process for individuals seeking to appeal a supported finding of neglect or abuse. In Massachusetts, the Department of Children and Families ...

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  • Surviving a DCF Family Assessment in Massachusetts
    Surviving a DCF Family Assessment in Massachusetts

    Massachusetts DCF Attorney Nicole K. Levy reviews DCF’s “family assessment” process following a supported findings of child neglect or abuse. Once the Department of Children and Families (DCF) has ...

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  • Seven Ways that Massachusetts Courts Determine Parental Unfitness
    Seven Ways that Massachusetts Courts Determine Parental Unfitness

    Massachusetts DCF Attorney Nicole K. Levy reviews the factors that Massachusetts judges use to identify unfit parents in Juvenile and Probate and Family Courts. Claims of parental unfitness are ...

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  • How Does Legal Marijuana Impact Child Custody Cases?
    How Does Legal Marijuana Impact Child Custody Cases?

    Massachusetts DCF Attorney Nicole K. Levy explores how legalized recreational marijuana may impact child custody and parental rights in Massachusetts. Since recreational marijuana was legalized in ...

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