What is Dependency Court?

Dependency Court is a part of the Superior Court which hears cases regarding children who are abused or neglected. In specializing in the needs of children and families, Dependency Court works to ensure the following:

  • A child's right to a fair and speedy trial
  • Any decision made regarding a child puts the child's safety first
  • Children and families are placed with child welfare professionals who can help them practically organize any services for the family
  • Families work with the same professionals throughout their court cases
  • Every child is placed within a permanent home within a year of leaving their parents home and only have to live in one place before their permanent home placement
  • Families are given a fair, fast, affordable, and accessible place to solve problems
  • All professionals try to help families solve problems without involving the courts whenever possible

If you have questions about Dependency Court or juvenile dependency, contact Claery & Hammond, LLP to set up a consultation with a Los Angeles family law attorney.