Dependency matters, including termination of parental rights, can be long, emotional, and confusing. They involve a combination of civil, family, and criminal law, with unique rules of procedure. Adoption matters, parent or grandparent custody and visitation, and other cases involving a child’s best interest can be particularly complex. When children’s rights are at issue, time is of the essence—there are different, expedited appellate rules that, if not followed, can be procedurally fatal to your appeal. The moment you are handed a judgment in a dependency matter, the clock is ticking. The Shannin Law Firm, one of Florida’s top appellate law firms, can provide guidance into the complex world of dependency appeals.
The Shannin Law Firm represents clients involved in appellate dependency matters, whether challenging a final judgment or defending an adjudicatory ruling. Chapter 63 adoptions and Chapter 39 adoptions likewise require knowledge in the specific statutory requirements that must exist for a Florida adoption to be granted, and the two types of Florida adoptions have different requirements and procedural rules. Hiring a board certified appellate law firm can be vital in ensuring you have taken full advantage of the opportunity to get the proper result on appeal.
Trial attorneys: Don’t wait until after a final judgment has been entered to obtain appellate co-counsel. Help with complex statutory issues, including timing, procedural rules, and strict statutory obligations of certain parties, can be essential to either preserving errors or defending a verdict on appeal. Contact the Shannin Law Firm as early as possible to discuss your dependency or adoption matter to find out if bringing in appellate co-counsel can benefit your client’s case.