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A termination of parental rights has been described as the “family law equivalent of the death penalty in a criminal case,” and here at the Rice Law Firm, we believe that your case should be treated as such.

The Department of Children and Families is the government entity that is charged with the duty of keeping Florida’s children safe from possible abuse, neglect, and abandonment. Often this means that children are hastily removed from their parent’s care. A child removal is meant to be the Department’s last resort, and when executed, it is meant to be temporary. However, for many parents, this is the beginning of an extremely long and confusing road ahead which could ultimately end with the permanent removal of their child.

A removal is traumatic for both the children and the parents. In the midst of all of the grief, parents are expected to learn how to navigate the Dependency system and to trust the representatives from the same organization that took their children away.

The Rice Law Firm has proudly served clients in Volusia and Flagler County for over forty years, and we have experienced Dependency attorneys that will help guide you through this very difficult time.