The purpose of filing a Dependency Petition is to take custody from the parent on an urgent basis because the children’s safety and wellbeing is at risk. This is a serious constitutional action that will involve DCS. You should consider all options prior to filing. Contact our office to discuss your legal options and to make sure this is the best option. Asking a court to take a child from a parent can be very divisive for a family.
STEP 1: Prepare and File the Court Papers.
A Dependency Petition must allege that the parent is unfit. Petitioner’s signature on the petition is under oath The Petitioner must be able to prove this in court by presenting evidence and witnesses.
Important Note: In Maricopa County
A dependency Petition can only be filed at one of the Juvenile Courts. Cases are assigned to based upon the zip code of the home of the custodial parent. Generally, anything east of Central Ave will be assigned to the Southeast Facility and anything west of Central Ave will be assigned to the Durango Court Facility.
STEP 2: SERVICE OF PROCESS.
WARNING: the first hearing may be set within 5-10 calendar days so you should give the parents the papers immediately after filing.
Things to think of prior to filing a Dependency Petition:
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