Decatur Juvenile Dependency Lawyers
Experienced Family Law Team of Trial Lawyers Serving Morgan County, AL
Juvenile dependency law in the state of Alabama has been established to protect children from various types of abuse and neglect at the hands of a parent or guardian. A juvenile dependency case starts with someone filing a petition with the juvenile court alleging that the child is not receiving proper care, has been neglected, or abused. It is then up to the court to determine the facts and whether the child should be removed from the home.
If you are a parent, guardian, or interested party in such a situation and need legal assistance, let our Decatur juvenile dependency attorneys at White, Oakes, Griffith & Iverson, LLC provide experienced and compassionate legal services. We offer honest, caring, and competent legal representation which includes trial experience.
Juvenile Dependency Hearings
Those who work with children, such as teachers, daycare personnel, coaches, school counselors, and medical personnel can initiate a juvenile dependency case if they believe the child is endangered. Abuse can come in many forms, from physical to sexual or emotional. It can include a child being exposed to alcoholism or toxic street drugs in substance abuse cases, a child who is not properly fed, clothed, or sent to school, a child who is beaten or sexually abused, or a child who is consistently left alone.
Once a case has been filed, a judge will hear testimony from the parents or guardian as well as those alleging the abuse or neglect. If the judge decides that the child is in an unsafe environment, he will move on to the next phase of the process which is deciding who should have custody of the child.
When a child is declared dependent, it does not mean that the child and parents or guardian will be permanently separated. If the parent or guardian corrects the situation that caused the court’s finding, they may be reunited with their children by the court.
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Juvenile dependency cases are emotionally challenging for children, but also for their parents or guardians. Such cases can be complex, involving many parties, such as the family members, social workers, other interested parties, state agencies, and more. As a legal matter, you need a trusted professional by your side who can represent your best interests in seeking a fair and just outcome.