Los Angeles Juvenile Dependency Attorney
Divorce & Family Lawyers in Los Angeles County
Your child can become a dependent of the court if social services or law
enforcement officials are notified that your child is being
abused, neglected, or has been abandoned. If such a claim is made, a social worker will have petition the court
to have your child become a dependent of the court. When this happens,
it is imperative that you retain a
Los Angeles family law attorney immediately.
What happens at Juvenile Dependency Hearings?
When your child is a dependent of the court, the judge may order that he
or she reside in a temporary home under court supervision, or order court
supervision in your home. Your son or daughter will also be appointed
a lawyer and a Court Appointed Special Advocate who will advocate on his
or her behalf during the hearing.
The court hearing will decide:
- Who will supervise your child
- Who will be the primary caregiver of your child
Who will have
custody of your child
- A case plan to ensure the protection of your child
The case plan may involve:
- Parenting classes
- Substance abuse rehabilitation
- Scheduled and/or supervised visits with your child
You will have to attend a juvenile dependency hearing every 6 months to
ensure that you are following the case plan. Any violations of the case
plan may result in your child being taken away from you, the loss of
visitation rights, and the loss of your parental rights. A permanent plan will be set 4
months later; this plan will either assign a different legal guardian
who may be a family member or close friend, place your child in a foster
home, or put your child up for adoption.
Protect your family!
At Claery & Hammond, LLP we strive to protect the rights of parents
and ensure the safety of their children. Juvenile dependency cases need
to be handled with care, compassion, and intelligence. Our Los Angeles
team can protect your rights and powerfully advocate on your behalf at
your juvenile dependency hearing. We understand that nothing is more important
than your children, and we can fight for you.
Call us at (310) 817-6904 or take a few moments to fill out a
free case evaluation form. The sooner you
contact us, the better.