A dependency is when a child is made a temporary ward of the court because of an allegation that there is no appropriate parent willing or able to parent at the time the petition was filed. The Department of Child Safety (DCS), formerly known as Child Protective Services (CPS) is the most common petitioner in dependency cases. We represent both parents and children in the dependency process. We are experienced in navigating these proceedings and can walk you through each step of the process and what to expect. We are also experienced in litigating these matters and have a history of positive outcomes for families.

3RD PARTY INTERVENTION:
     There are times when it is appropriate for 3rd parties to intervene in dependency matters. Intervention can be necessary when the position of the 3rd party is not being represented in the proceedings. Some examples are if a parent is deceased or if the parent is not involved in the case. It can take attorney assistance to help your voice be heard by DCS and the Court. We are experienced in representing interveners and have achieved several positive outcomes for clients in these matters.

 

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