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Non-Offending Parents in Dependency Cases: Should you have a lawyer?

In short, yes, non-offending parents should absolutely have an attorney. If your income is under a certain amount, you may qualify to have an attorney appointed to you through the Courts free of charge. If your income is over the guidelines, you will have to obtain private counsel.

In nearly every case, a non-offending parent has rights that need to be asserted and go largely unrecognized in Dependency cases. Under the law, a non-offending parent can be mandated to have home studies, participate in counseling, have evaluations conducted and more.

Further, a non-offending parent must often decide to some extent whether they will be support the allegedly offending parent or support the State in bringing the Dependency charges. The assistance of a attorney for the non-offending parent, for or against the allegedly offending parent, can have an impact on the case.

Dependency cases are some of the more serious cases that our law deals with. They are quasi-criminal in nature and the Orders and Rulings that come out of these cases nearly always have serious and long term consequences on the children, parents and entire family system. Whether you have personally been charged with abuse, abandonment or neglect, or your children are alleged to the victim of the same, having an attorney is a must.

Our attorneys regularly represent non-offending parents and would be happy to provide a free phone consultation. For more information, click on this link: Solaris Law Group - Dependency Cases.

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