Complex Family Structures

Many families have unique structures and custody arrangements. Michele specializes in working with families of all types and is very capable of facilitating a cohesive approach. She is also experienced with custody disputes, discord within blended families, and families with foster or adopted children.

Dependency Petitions

If CPS believes a child has been abused, neglected, or is at risk, it can petition the court to ask that the child be removed from the home – either for a short time, or in extreme cases, permanently. Once a dependency petition is filed, the parent has the obligation to follow court orders. The court will review the case every few months to determine whether the child can be safely returned to the home. The court’s goal is reunification, and to ensure that parents follow through with services. Michele can represent you in a Dependency and advise you throughout this process.