Dependency & Neglect Attorneys in Seattle
Are Your Parental Rights at Risk?
Dependency cases are initiated when an individual, such as a social worker,
reports that a parent is neglecting or abusing their children. Dependency
cases are not criminal matters; in most cases, there are no criminal consequences
for your actions unless in extreme circumstances. The court’s goal
is to protect your children and to make sure they are safe and to ensure
Matters involving juvenile dependency should be taken seriously, as you
there may be a chance you could lose your parental rights. Speak with
our dedicated family law attorneys in Seattle to understand your rights
and where your case stands. We know that many parents in dependency cases
are going through difficult times. We work to protect your parental rights
and reunite you with your children.
Dependency cases involve parents who are accused of:
- Abusing a child
- Not caring for a child’s needs
- Allowing another individual to abuse a child
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What To Expect in a Dependency Case
When a report of neglect or abuse has been made, a worker from the Child
Protective Services (CPS) will investigate the claims. The child may be
removed from the home if the state believes the child is in danger.
There will be court hearings where both the CPS workers and parents of
the child provide information to the court. A judge will decide on various
issues, such as where the child should live, services that the parents
need, and whether the child should maintain contact with the parents and how long.
In some cases, the parents may be required to undergo court-ordered treatment
or demonstrate that they are capable of supporting and raising their child.
Compassionate Guidance for Parents
Our family lawyers can protect you during CPS investigations and guide
you through court hearings. We are committed to helping each parent reunite
with their children.
Contact us at (206) 966-6933 if you are facing a dependency case.