It can be terrifying to learn that a Dependency and Neglect petition has been filed against you. This means Department for Children, Youth, and their Families (DCYF) believes that a child is not being properly cared for at home, and either want to supervise your children in your home or remove your children from your home. Parents charged with dependency, abuse, or neglect are entitled to be represented by counsel to help ensure that your children are not take away from you and placed in foster care, or if they have already been taken, to get them back home to you.

What can I expect?

The court may assign a Guardian-Ad Litem or “GAL” to look out for the best interests of your children. You will still need your own attorney to represent your interest, to make sure your family stays together, and your children are protected.

It’s best to hold off talking to the GAL or human services workers until you have Attorney Roderman working for you. I can help explain the situation, offer legal strategies, and speak on your behalf with the court and human services. I will do everything possible to protect your family.

Dependency and Neglect Petitions are sometimes brought together with criminal charges. This can be even more complex and can move quickly. Luckily, Attorney Roderman also handles criminal cases and he can represent you in both cases with a well-coordinated defense.

What can be done?

Empower yourself with strong legal representation. I can help you understand your legal rights, guide you through the proceedings, including how to conduct yourself at court hearings, and aggressively represent you in court. I can counsel you on actions and things you can do to recover custody of your child again.

I understand how frightening it is to think about the possibility of losing your parental rights. Dependency and Neglect cases are complicated and stressful. But I am here to advocate on your behalf. Dependency and Neglect Attorney in Florida, Glenn Roderman has the expertise and experience to fight for your family.

What our clients say

T. Steele

I wanted to say I thank you with all my heart for helping me through this very hard and painful time in my life. Thank you for believing in me and fighting for me to get the least possible sentence. I will never forget what you did for my life to change me and my future.

Sonny

You are one of my most trusted friends! Words alone cannot express the thanks and affection I have for you! You are one of the most genuine people that I had the pleasure of meeting.

S. Fields

Every day since Raymond’s release we have talked of what an incredible job you did for him. Your efforts, knowledge, experience, and determination has given him his life back and set him on the path to a successful future.

Big Al & Kevin

Every day since Raymond’s release we have talked of what an incredible job you did for him. Your efforts, knowledge, experience, and determination has given him his life back and set him on the path to a successful future.

Andy R

It is important to emphasize that I am very grateful for what you have done for me. I am very lucky to have met a person like yourself, not only are you a brilliant attorney you also kept my spirit up when the other attorney was condemning me.

Laura S.

After taking your advice and acting fast the end result was that the state did not even press charges. We realise having a seasoned, well-connected attorney as yourself is the only reason this charge was stopped dead in its tracks. We could not have dreamed of an outcome this amazing!