Friday, May 28, 2021

Dependency Case & Shelter Hearing Florida

In 2021, Judge Michael Kalil became a circuit court judge for the Fourth Judicial Circuit in Florida. Previously, he served as a civil trial attorney in the Law Offices of John S. Kalil, P.A. As a judge, Michael Kalil presides over dependency cases.

Dependency action is based on allegations of child abandonment, abuse, or neglect by the parent or guardian. The Department of Children and Families (DCF) receives the allegations through the Florida Abuse Hotline. DCF investigates the allegations. If any are confirmed, the child is removed from the parent/guardian's custody. The court conducts a shelter hearing.

Parents or guardians are entitled to legal representation. If they cannot afford to get an attorney, the Court appoints one. The Court also appoints a community volunteer who will advocate for the child's best interests. If the child remains sheltered at the end of the hearing, the DCF files a Petition for Dependency.


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