What Happens When Children Need Parental Supervision? Understanding Arizona Dependency Cases

Childhood should be worry-free and joyful time. Sadly, some children are faced with dangerous circumstances or are left without someone to care for them. There are certain laws in place that are designed to protect children in these types of situations.

Dependency Cases

When a child is in need of a parental figure in his or her life, a petition of dependency may be made. Some of the frequent issues that lead to dependency proceedings include:

  • The child has been abandoned
  • There is no parent or guardian willing or able to care for the child
  • The child is neglected
  • Physical or sexual abuse has occurred
  • The child does not have adequate food, clothing or other life necessities
  • The parent or guardian has a drug or alcohol problem

In a dependency case, the state may step in and take legal custody of the child. It is then up to the court to decide where to place the child. If you are the child’s family member, you may be able to have him or her placed in your care.

As with any family law case, a dependency proceeding can be both emotionally and mentally draining. If you are dealing with a dependency case, you do not have to face the overwhelming and lengthy process on your own. You should talk with an experienced Arizona family law attorney who can explain the steps involved and help you along the way.

We Are Not Your Typical Law Firm

At the law firm of Curry, Pearson & Wooten, PLC, we have an extensive knowledge of Arizona family law and can guide you through the legal maze associated with dependency. We are not your typical law firm. We take a personal interest in our clients and make ourselves available to answer questions, explain the process or simply to provide advice.

For a free case evaluation, contact our office by calling 602-258-1000 or toll free at 1-888-9AZLAWCOM (888-929-5292). 

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