Termination of Parental Rights

In Florida, Dependency is a legal area that is one of the most traumatic family law areas. When the Florida Department of Children and Families steps in, children can be removed from their parents by the State of Florida.

In Jacksonville, the Florida Child Protective Services can remove a child from their home after investigating allegations of child abuse, drug abuse, child endangerment or child neglect.  The child or children can then become dependent upon the State of Florida and can be placed in the care of relatives, non-relatives, or in foster care until the allegations have been properly investigated or argued before a Judge. Ultimately, the goal is to return children to their parents when the children do not appear to be in danger. However, this is not always automatic. Our Florida Dependency attorneys work closely with accused parents and concerned relatives, neighbors, and friends to protect children from abuse and to reunify the family in the end.

When Will a Parent's Rights Be Terminated?

Our Jacksonville Family Law Attorneys and Jacksonville Dependency Lawyers are familiar with cases involving the Department of Children and Families.  It is important to get an attorney involved in cases of child abuse or neglect as soon as possible to help alleviate the need for a full dependency action. In working closely with the Department of Children and Families and with Child Protective Services, we can help client and their families why it is or is not in the child's best interests to be placed back in custody with their parents.

Parents' rights can be terminated when they fail to comply with the court’s order. In these circumstances, the court will determine if it is in the child's best interests to terminate the parents' rights so the child can be placed for adoption. Our Jacksonville Dependency attorneys have experience representing parents and concerned parties during this emotional time. We also represent families seeking to adopt an abused child or to become foster parents.