Helping Clients Understand Dependency Cases In Florida

One of the most terrifying experiences a mother and father may ever have to deal with is having their child taken from them due to claims of abuse, neglect or abandonment. In Florida, however, this is exactly what might happen if a juvenile dependency proceeding is brought before the court following allegations of child mistreatment.

In most instances, Florida's Department of Children and Families (DCF) initiates dependency cases after it receives reports of alleged abuse or neglect. If, after an investigation, DCF believes there is imminent risk to the child, it may elect to shelter him or her ― meaning DCF removes the child from the custody of the parents. Some common situations in which a child may be sheltered include instances of excessive corporal punishment, parental drug use or domestic abuse involving, or in the presence of, the child.

However, the sheltering of the child is merely the first step in a long procedural battle that can involve several hearings and court dates, which is why it is always best to seek experienced family law representation to guide you through this complex process.

At the law firm of Wanda J. Morgan, P.A., we pride ourselves in providing clients with aggressive, yet compassionate legal guidance. From beginning to end, we will do everything possible to help get your child back. Our lead lawyer, Wanda J. Morgan has handled many of these cases over her respected legal career, and she will put this experience to work for you. Trust us to help you put your family back together.

If you need to speak to a skilled child dependency case attorney, reach out to Wanda J. Morgan, P.A., today. You can email us online or call us at 850-613-6923. From our office in Shalimar, we assist clients throughout the surrounding area, including those in Fort Walton Beach and Destin.