Case: DCS accuses Wilson County Mother of neglecting her children and exposing them to drug use.
Result: Dismissal of the Department’s petition at the first hearing challenging the authority of DCS to remove client’s children for her home. Mother and children were immediately reunited based upon Melanie’s representation.
Details: Melanie Bean was able to obtain a dismissal of the petition of DCS that had removed Mother’s children from her custody on an emergency basis. The dismissal was obtained at the first hearing (often called a 72 hour hearing) when Melanie demonstrated that the department had insufficient proof and that the likely cause of the extreme allegations against the Mother was an over zealous ex-husband seeking to gain custody of their children through inappropriate means.