What Is A Dependency Petition In Arizona?
In Arizona, a dependency petition occurs when someone files something with the court that says that the child is dependent upon the state or someone other than the parents to have his or her needs met. Usually, a child is dependent on the parents. The parents are the ones who buy the food, change the diapers, and provide shelter. However, something has interrupted that dependency on the parent. As a result, the child is dependent on someone else. If the child is dependent on someone other than their parents to meet their needs, that is known as dependency.
Who Does Your Firm Represent In Dependency Cases In Arizona?
Our firm represents every party that could be a part of a dependency case. We represent parents and children. We’ve also represented people seeking to terminate parental rights. The only entity we do not represent is the state. We are not associated with the Arizona Department of Child Safety. We do not work for the Arizona Department of Child Safety.
What Are My Rights As A Parent In A Dependency Case? Will I Lose Custody Of My Child Or Children?
At the start of a dependency case, it is very easy to lose custody of a child. The court has the ability to interrupt parental custody. As a matter of fact, most parents walking into a dependency courtroom have already lost custody of their child. Judges sometime sign a temporary order that says custody has been interrupted, and that the court has taken custody. The court has the legal right to do so. Your right as a parent is to refute the allegations against you. You have a parenting right, even though they can be interrupted. However, parents have a fundamental right under the constitution.
In Arizona, if you cannot afford an attorney, you have the right to have an attorney appointed. You have the right to hire legal representation. You have a right to trial on the merits. In certain circumstances, you also have rights in a dependency matter.
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