Thank you for your question. Please permit me to assist you with your concerns.To answer your question directly, there are really two separate options. The first is to consider pursuing the neighbor directly for defamation of character and for harassment. This is a good option if the complaint was not anonymous or you are aware that the comments made are outright false.As for what to do with CPS, obtain counsel without even considering doing anything else. While most agencies can be dealt with without attorneys, even attorney who are contacted by CPS for personal reasons tend to 'lawyer up'. Until they have a court order, letting them in is not a requirement, and speaking with them without an attorney present is simply unwise.Good luck.
Thank you for your follow-up, Barbara.By 'court order' is indeed a warrant from the courts allowing them entry. CPS is naturally intimidating and at times over-zealous in what they are pursuing. This is why having an attorney is essential especially since CPS has been known to not inform you of simple facts such as that you can simply say 'no' and not let them in. To take the children they must show valid cause to do so, that is, a legitimate and apparent issue or concern. They do like to threaten, which is why refusing to speak until your attorney is present is the first step in getting them to stop bullying you. So yes, your rights remain regardless of what they state.Good luck.
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