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Juvenile & Dependency Litigation In Birmingham

What Is a Dependency Action?

A dependency action is a legal proceeding wherein a court determines whether a child is without a fit parent or guardian, often due to abuse and/or neglect.

When children are removed from the care of their parents or legal guardians on a temporary basis, the goal is to reunify the children with their parents or legal guardians whenever possible. Depending on the allegations, the parents or legal guardians may be asked to:

  • Submit to drug and/or alcohol monitoring
  • Participate in counseling
  • Complete parenting courses
  • As well as any other requirements the court may deem necessary in order to effectuate the reunification process successfully

If it becomes apparent that reunification is not possible, a child may be permanently removed from the home. The law typically favors placing a child with a relative, although there are circumstances where that may not be possible and other options may need to be considered.

Our team has extensive experience representing persons who feel a child is without a fit parent or guardian in the filing of a dependency petition. We also have experience representing parents and/or guardians who have been alleged to be unfit, abusive and/or neglectful against in their defense against a dependency petition.

For help with your case, call (205) 241-9988 today or schedule a consultation online to speak with our experienced criminal defense attorneys in Birmingham.

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