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Dependency And The Dangers Of The Foster Care System

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Any parent, if asked, would admit, without hesitation, that parenting is easily the most difficult task they will ever face. The difficulties of parenting are counterbalanced with the joy of seeing one’s child grow and develop into a unique individual. However, this dynamic can be swiftly and severely interrupted if the State opens a… Read More »


Proposed Bill Seeks To Clarify An Unmarried Father’s Rights In Dependency Proceedings

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Dependency cases are supposed to help children living in dangerous situations leave that environment, and help parents fix existing problems so the child can return home. While the reality of the process may differ from the stated goal, the participation of both parents is important to achieving the desired end. However, unmarried men who… Read More »


Essential Information For Navigating A Dependency Case

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Parents strive to protect and care for their children to the fullest extent possible, but this can be completely upset by the dynamics of a dependency case. Dependency cases are typically instigated by reports of suspected abuse, abandonment or neglect, and generally involve the state usurping a parent’s rights over the child’s physical care… Read More »


Reunification In Dependency Cases

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

When the state seizes a child from a parent based upon suspicions of neglect or abuse, the parent’s first thoughts typically concern where the child is going, and when he/she is coming home. This scenario is a parent’s worst fear, and the situation can quickly start to feel like it is outside the parent’s… Read More »

Child Protective Investigations

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Parents have a vested interest in how well their children turn out. Are they successful? Are they happy? Do they make the world a better place? These are questions all parents ask themselves at some point. In order for a parent to have an influence on the person his/her child becomes, the parent must… Read More »

The Role of Guardians ad Litem in Florida Family Law Cases

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

When a couple’s divorce makes the news, the focus is often on the positions or actions these individuals made that brought them to this point. It is less common to have the news story focus on the couple’s children and what their needs and desires may be. While numerous studies have explored the effect… Read More »

How and When Children Are Placed with Extended Family Members

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

In an ideal world, all children would live with both parents in happy and stable homes, but circumstances do not always work out so well, and many children are left in single parent homes or living with relatives. The reasons that can lead to a child living with just one parent or no parent… Read More »

What Instigates the State to Remove a Child from the Home?

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Parents overwhelmingly work to protect and nurture their children from physical and emotional harm. The best way to achieve this end is to have knowledge and control over where a child is located, who they are with, and what they are doing. However, if the state seizes your child as part of a dependency… Read More »

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