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California Family Law Lawyer Representing Family Cases In Santa Ana

Santa Ana in Orange County, California, is the second most populous city in the area with an estimated population of 329.427 in 2011. As of 2010, it was ranked nationally as the fourth most densely populated city, only being outranked by New York City, San Francisco, and Boston. In 2011, Forbes ranked it as the fourth safest city amongst those of over 250,000 people.

The city is family-friendly with 56.3% of households having children under the age of 18 living in them, according to the 2010 US Census. 52,582 residents were enrolled in the Santa Ana Unified School District from kindergarten through grade 12 in 2015, and 11,156 students were attending Garden Grove Schools within both the Santa Ana and Garden Grove city limits.

Juvenile Dependency in California

The state of California has something which is known as “juvenile dependency” available to children. Until a child reaches the age of 18, he or she is dependent on the adults in his or her life and needs their guidance, wisdom, and protection. If one or both parents cannot or will not properly care for their child or has hurt them, the juvenile court may intervene. The child may then become “dependent” on the court for protection.

In these situations a child may live with the other parent, another family (i.e. foster care), or relatives. A judge and social workers will work with one or both parents to make sure that the home is safe and healthy, at which point the child may be able to move back home (“reunification”).

What to Do If Your Child Has Been Removed

If your child is or has been removed from your home, you should:

  1. Provide the social worker with your relatives’ information. The courts typically favor placing a child with the other parent or relatives before placing the child in a foster home or shelter
  2. Arrange frequent visits with your child. If deemed appropriate, you will be able to see your child as you await your court date
  3. Attend the first hearing. Known as the “detention hearing”, this hearing is to be held by the end of the day once a petition is filed

Seek Legal Guidance with Landon Family Law

Landon Family Law is committed to upholding the rights of families in Orange County. Our goal is to educate, protect, and unify families so that all parties can focus on their development and growth together and as individuals.

To speak with a knowledgeable family law expert today, we invite you to call us at (949) 257-5188.

Directions To Law Office of Landon C. Villavaso

7700 Irvine Center Drive Ste 800
Irvine, CA 92618, USA

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Santa Ana, CA
Total Est. Time: 14 min
Total Est. Distance: 10.4 mi

  1. Get on I-5 S
  2. Continue on I-5 S to Irvine. Take exit 95 from I-5 S
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7700 Irvine Center Drive Ste 800
Irvine, CA 92618

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