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Wisconsin Child Protective Services Attorney

CHiPS and JiPS Lawyers Handle Conflict at Home and Find Resolution

little kid with curly hairUnfortunately for many families, problems requiring intervention from a third party arise. Abusive parents or juvenile delinquents can make for an unstable and turbulent home environment. If the situation becomes bad enough, one or both parties involved may seek legal assistance to resolve the conflict.


The family lawyers at McLario, Helm, Bertling & Spiegel, S.C. are trustworthy representatives in CHiPS (Children in Need of Protection and Service) and JiPS (Juveniles in Need of Protection and Service) cases. We will represent any party involved in the dispute and help you work through the Wisconsin court system to find a resolution.

The Difference Between CHiPS and JiPS Cases

The major difference between CHiPS and JiPS cases is:

  • CHiPS cases address children with special needs, or those with physical, mental or emotional disabilities.
  • JiPS cases involve the treatment of children with behavioral problems, such as habitual truants or undisciplined, uncontrollable children.

It’s important to note neither CHiPS nor JiPS cases can result in a child being put in jail.

The ultimate goal of the court is to place the child in a safe home environment. Working with social workers to improve the home environment, cases can be resolved with the child still living with the parent(s). Sometimes, the child is relocated to live with relatives or a foster family.

Our family lawyers work closely with you to ensure the proper procedures are followed and your family gets the attentive, competent legal representation it deserves.

Milwaukee Child Protective Services Attorneys Guide You through Taking Your Case to Court

In accordance with Wisconsin law, the court will not accept your CHiPS or JiPS petition before you take part in services provided by the Delinquency Court Services (DCS) or the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare (BMCW).

Taking your case to court should be a last resort option should all other actions fail.

Judges require parents seeking court intervention to work with the FISS (Family Intervention Support and Services) program so their home environment is properly assessed before taking the case to court. The assessment and the resulting referral are provided free of charge. In most cases, the assessment is done within 48 hours of your initial call.

If the measures taken by these organizations fail to solve your family conflict, the Menomonee Falls family law professionals at Mclario, Helm, Bertling & Spiegel, S.C. will walk you through the process of filing a CHiPS or JiPS petition and taking your case to court. These cases can be emotionally difficult depending on the circumstances, but with our family lawyers on your side, you will not be alone in your pursuit for justice.

With 60 years of proven results, our family law lawyers have a tremendous reputation for providing sound legal assistance in the Milwaukee area. If your case goes to court, we go to bat for you to pursue justice for you and your family.

Contact the Milwaukee area CHiPS and JiPS attorneys at McLario, Helm, Bertling & Spiegel, S.C. for a free consultation today.

How to File a CHiPS/JiPS Petition

  1. Contact McLario, Helm, Bertling & Spiegel, S.C.

    Experienced attorneys help you through the process.

  2. Contact FISS for Help

    The situation should be settled out of court, if possible.

  3. Schedule a Free Assessment

    FISS will set up an appointment within 48 hours.

  4. Participate in Suggested Services

    Take action based on BMCW or DCS input.

Schedule Free Consultation

When you contact our Milwaukee area law firm, your case will be treated like a unique request for assistance. You are a real person with real needs and will be treated like one by our firm. Nobody has time to be passed around an office from paralegal to secretary and back.
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