Juvenile Court Legal Representation
Laws governing crimes committed by juveniles, and procedures in juvenile court, can differ significantly from those in the adult system. In order for a child to receive proper representation in juvenile court, it is essential that he have an attorney familiar with the requirements of that system. We have experience dealing with the juvenile court. Our attorneys are committed to easing the process for children and families who find themselves facing a juvenile court proceeding. We listen to and address our clients’ concerns, and explain their options in the following types of matters:
- Child in Need of Assistance (CINA) Proceedings — These proceedings, usually initiated by the Iowa Department of Human Services, determine whether there is a threat to a child’s well-being in the home and whether removal of a child or children is warranted.
- Termination of Parental Rights Proceedings — Parents may consent to the termination of their parental rights (as where a stepparent or grandparent seeks to adopt a child), or such termination may be involuntary. An involuntary termination of parental rights may be initiated as the result of CINA proceedings, or by a family member or other party with standing to to so.
- Delinquency Proceedings — Younger juveniles accused of the commission of a crime are charged with delinquency, and the matter is adjudicated in juvenile court. Juveniles aged 16 or 17 may be charged as adults or as juveniles. Punishment in the adult justice system is usually harsher, and it is advisable to retain experienced counsel to advocate for the case to remain in the juvenile system.
Whatever the circumstances, proceedings in juvenile court can be stressful and can have a negative impact on a child’s future unless handled with skill and compassion. If your family is facing a juvenile court proceeding, we invite you to contact us for assistance.
Child Custody, Child Support, and Parenting Time
Most parents want the best for their children, but often disagree about what that means. Often, the issues of child custody, support, and parenting time are the most fiercely contested aspects of a family law case. When our clients are unable to reach agreement on these issues with the other parent, our litigators apply their extensive knowledge of Iowa family law to the facts of the situation. They then present that information to the judge to demonstrate that our client’s position serves the best interests of the children involved. The court can only make a determination based upon the information in its hands. Our attorneys make certain that the relevant facts are available when needed.
Call our office in Cedar Rapids at (319) 366-1000 to schedule your initial consultation and learn how we can help.