Protect Your Parent-Child Relationship
- September 17, 2015
- Andrew Wehunt
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I constantly see client’s become so overwhelmed by the burdensome actions of Georgia’ Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) that they get buried in the system and have their parental rights threatened or even terminated by the Courts. There is nothing more important than the relationship of a parent and child. I have seen households ripped apart, sometimes without justification, due to poor choices of either a parent and/or a child. If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of dealing with DFCS regarding your child or children, the first call you should make is to an experienced Juvenile Court attorney. If you have counsel fighting for your rights from the very beginning of a case, the likelihood of a successful outcome increases dramatically.
The world of Juvenile Court can be very confusing, especially for those who have just had their children removed from their residence. You, like most all client’s, have probably asked the question of “how do I get my kids back?” and “how long is this going to take?”. Those questions are typical and understandable given the emotional turmoil that likely exist at the thought of somebody else raising your children. The first step in reunifying your family is a hearing called a Protective Custody Hearing. At this hearing, the Court will determine whether probable cause exist for the continued removal of your children. If the Court finds probable cause exist, the Court will then schedule the trial of the case, also called the Adjudication Hearing. If you have an experienced Juvenile Court attorney from the very beginning, a plan can be formulated and tasks completed early in the process to increase the likelihood of success at the Adjudication Hearing, thus shortening the time you are away from your children.
The abundance of reasons that children are removed from their parent’s home never ceases to amaze me. However, whether children are removed due to serious felony charges or small family misunderstandings, the process of reunification follows a similar winding road through the Courts. Don’t attempt to drive yourself down an unknown road and end up buried and miles away from the desired destination. Although every case is different, the starting point to every case should be the same: A phone call to Wehunt Law Firm!
I have represented countless parents dealing with the emotional struggle of living a daily life with their children in the care of the State. I have been successful in knowing when to fight against the system and when to have client’s work within the system to bring harmonious resolutions and the reunification of numerous families. Juvenile Court is a specialized Court with a separate and distinct set of rules. Don’t trust the future of your family to an attorney without experience in Juvenile Court.
As the father of a beautiful daughter, there is nothing in this world that could ever stop me from protecting her. Let Wehunt Law Firm FIGHT FOR YOU and protect your relationship with your child.