Dependency proceedings come about as the result of allegations of abuse, neglect or abandonment of a child. These proceedings typically arise from a report to the Department of Children & Families (DCF) or to law enforcement regarding an endangered child. DCF will conduct an investigation into these allegations to determine whether the child should be removed from the home or if assistance can be provided to stabilize the home environment to allow the child to remain there.
Are you in danger of losing custody of your child or children due to allegations of abuse or neglect? Make sure you act quickly to protect your rights as a parent. Contact a Fort Myers family law attorney at Calvo & Calvo to find out more about the legal services we can provide to help you.
If the child is removed from the home, he or she will be placed in the temporary custody of DCF and a shelter hearing will be held within 24 hours of the child's removal to determine whether the child should remain in protective custody or will be returned to the home. This hearing is the first of legal proceedings related to the matter. The next hearing will be an arraignment, at which point the parent/guardian of the child will have the opportunity to respond to the allegations against him or her.
This is when it is all the more important for a parent to have a lawyer to protect his or her interests or concerns. Legal proceedings have the tendency to be complicated and confusing unless specially trained in this area of law. Rather than lose your child because your case was not properly presented, work with a Fort Myers divorce lawyer who can assert your rights and represent your side of the story in court.
Dependency hearings and proceedings are a key part of our Fort Myers family law practice. These cases, like criminal cases, have specific time frames in which hearings or other matters must take place. That is why we recommend that you contact an attorney at our offices as soon as possible. The sooner you get legal guidance and representation, the faster you can seek relief.
Contact a Fort Myers dependency hearing attorney at our firm today to find out how we can help you with these important matters.