Why You Need A Juvenile Dependency Attorney
Many people mistakenly believe that all family law attorneys are also equipped to handle juvenile dependency cases. However, juvenile dependency law is written to make it easier for the social workers to prove their case against you. Parents and relatives have to follow the rules of evidence to defend themselves but the social workers can legally avoid the hearsay problem by simply repeating what someone else said or stapling someone else’s report to the social workers’ reports. unlike child custody disputes where each side is given the opportunity to present evidence of why he or she should receive custody, parents involved in juvenile dependency cases have the burden of proving their case against each piece of evidence obtained by a social worker and stapled to his or her report. It is what our attorneys like to call the "Staple Rule."
Family law attorneys who handle dependency cases on limited basis may also not be familiar with the specific terms, forms and procedures necessary to help their clients achieve success. Our lawyers have a sophisticated understanding of California's juvenile dependency laws and the demonstrated experience to effectively speak on your behalf during your dependency hearing in juvenile court.