Does the Friend of the Court have an obligation to investigate alleged abuse or neglect of a child?

June 26th, 2018

No. Allegations of abuse or neglect should be reported to the Protective Services unit of your local Family Independence Agency office.

The Friend of the Court office has a duty, when ordered by the court, to conduct an investigation when a party files a custody, or parenting time, petition. Claims of abuse or neglect should be disclosed to the Friend of the Court office during its investigation.

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