During a dependency hearing, a family law court will decide whether or not to remove a child from the custody of a parent or guardian that has been accused of abuse. Attempting to navigate Florida’s dependency laws – as defined in Florida Family Law Statute 39.507 – and go into a dependency hearing unprepared will give a significant advantage to Child Protective Services (CPS). To do everything you can to fight for your right to raise your child, you should team up with a trustworthy Fort Lauderdale family law attorney.
At the Law Offices of Lorri K. Fishman, we take dependency cases seriously and treat our clients’ concerns as if they were our own. In many ways, your priorities do become our priorities. Led by Attorney Fishman, who personally has 18+ years of legal experience managing difficult and sensitive cases such as dependency hearings, we are confident that we can bring your case to a positive outcome.
There is no time to lose if the CPS has already taken your child. Contact our team now.
Child Protective Services rarely act without first being presented with convincing evidence of an unsafe household for a child. To convince the court that you should be reunited with your child, you may need to dismantle any arguments from the CPS and work to dismiss the supposed evidence of your wrongdoing. Our law firm has a keen understanding of both family law and criminal defense, which work together in unison to improve your chances during a dependency case.
Aspects and evidence we will want to consider include:
In some situations, disproving evidence against you might be extremely difficult, if not impossible, due to the overwhelming amount or circumstances. When this occurs, we may want to shift our focus to negotiating fair terms to show the court that the alleged incident is isolated and that you deserve to remain an active part of your child’s life.
To maintain your reputation and parentage rights, you may need to complete or participate in:
You must act without hesitation after Child Protective Services removes your child from your custody and schedules a dependency hearing. The sooner you start preparing your argument, the more likely it will hold up well in court. Call (954) 371-0229 today to connect with our Fort Lauderdale family lawyer and start exploring the possibilities. During a free consultation, we would be happy to let you know just how serious we are about reunifying you with your children.