When the state of Florida has reason to believe a child may be the victim of abuse, neglect or abandonment, it initiates a juvenile dependency case. These cases are not to be taken lightly. They’re serious and urgent matters in which a child’s welfare is at stake. Fast action is required.
The Florida Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) will conduct an investigation into the allegations to determine whether the child should be removed from the parent’s care or if assistance can be provided to resolve the issues in the home environment to allow the child to remain there.
Often parents are given minimal notice that their child will be taken, and they don’t have sufficient time to resolve the issues that led DCFS to act.
Depending on the facts of your specific juvenile dependency case, Schlegel Law Group may be able to help you fight to keep your children or restore guardianship if they’ve already been removed. We’ll move swiftly to defend you.
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In some juvenile dependency cases, DCFS’s concerns are unwarranted. In others, it may be in your best interest to cooperate with DCFS by addressing and resolving their concerns. Either way, you have parental rights that need to be protected.
Florida’s juvenile court can be confusing and legal proceedings tend to be complicated. Schlegel Law Group will help you navigate Florida’s legal system. We’ll provide you with expert advice based on experience in these types of cases tried in Orlando courts.
Don’t risk losing your child because your case isn’t properly presented. Work with our family law attorneys to ensure that your side of the story is accurately represented in court.