Juvenile Dependency law

frequently asked questions

We will be developing a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for our web-site to help those with Family Law questions, and Juvenile Dependency questions. In California there are a lot of questions around Family Law, divorce, dependency, child support, and all the areas we provide legal services. Our goal is to provide general information around these topics, though if you are in need of legal support Contact our office in Pasadena, or another attorney immediately to set-up an appointment. To set up a consultation please call our office or send us an email via our Contact page.

While family law information is available online, you should consider meeting with and hiring an attorney who can help you focus on your specific goals. They can walk you through the steps including filling out the family law forms, knowing which judges you may be in front of, and know the process you can follow. Working with an experienced lawyer could help you avoid a number of issues you may face otherwise.

And ensure your attorney has worked in the court-house or court-room where your case may be heard. Different cases are heard in different parts of Southern California. For example, if you have a child dependency case it may be heard at Edelman’s court in Monterey Park. You then may want an attorney who has experience handling cases at the Edelman court-house. This of course won’t guarantee you the outcome you are looking for, though it may help ensure your attorney has some experience with these types of cases.

Here are is some information based on questions our attorneys have received about Family Law and Juvenile Dependency:

What is Juvenile Dependency?
In Southern California Juvenile Dependency deals with abused or neglected children under 18 years old. This area of the law can also involve subjects such as family reunification, family counseling, adoption, and foster care. A frequently heard term in this area of law is the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). If you have a need for a Juvenile Dependency Attorney Contact Us right away. Our attorneys can provide legal services, counseling, and discuss the legal paperwork needed in such cases.

What is Family Law?
The term Family Law covers a broad spectrum of legal topics including Divorce, Spousal Support (also called Alimony), Child Custody, Visitation Rights, Child Support, Parents Rights, Grandparents Rights, and many others. Family Law can be a very complex area of law spanning numerous inter-related topics. This is why it is critical to work with a Family Law Attorney who specializes in this area of the law.

Are there specific lawyers who take on high net worth clients or cases?
There are some attorneys who specialize in clients with high assets – perhaps they own businesses, have a lot of possessions, own multiple homes, etc. If you are a high net worth individual we can help you figure out the best way to fight for your case. In a divorce for example the court can take on different situations depending on how complex the financial situation is. We can help you through this process.

What typically happens in a Child Custody courtroom?
Child Custody cases are all very private and can get very emotional. Therefore this is a question best discussed in private one-on-one with an attorney. You will want to explain your case so they can help walk you through what the process may be like. If you are dealing with a child custody case contact an attorney to help walk you through the process. Due to the nature of these cases they are best discussed in person with an attorney who can hear your situation and provide guidance. A critical question that will come up is what your goals are when it comes to child custody and child visitation. Knowing your goals ahead of time can help you in the long-term.

Is there a rule-of-thumb when it comes to child visitation rights?
As with Child Custody the law around child visitation can be complex as it can take many factors into account. There are examples where things are fairly simple, though typically the discussion requires a lot of questions that need to be answered.

Los Angeles Family Law Attorneys. Los Angeles Dependency Attorneys:

The experienced Attorneys at Sherman & Associates Law Office have been providing legal services to Southern California for many years. Kenneth Sherman has been practicing Juvenile Law and Dependency Law here for over 30 years. We work with clients in numerous areas of Los Angeles including Pasadena, Burbank, Downtown Los Angeles, Long Beach, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, and Santa Monica. Kenneth P. Sherman is one of the most trusted Los Angeles Family Law Attorneys.


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