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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 twenty-five years, and we have experienced Dependency attorneys that will help guide you through this very difficult time.

Led by Silvia Lopez Barrera, the Rice Law Firm’s Dependency Group represents a broad spectrum of clients ranging from grief stricken parents to family members who have the ability to serve as caregivers in order to keep the children out of foster care.

It is essential that a client hires an attorney that is familiar with Dependency Law when they are facing the Department of Children and Families. Ms. Lopez Barrera began her legal career as a State Attorney for the Department of Children and Families. After several years, she made the decision to help parents regain custody of their children while working as a parent’s attorney with the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel. At Rice Law Firm, we are familiar with the Judges that will be making the decisions that will impact the lives of your family, and with the Department that often gets to set the timeline for how quickly families are reunited.

Click on any of the links below to learn answers to frequently asked questions and for additional information regarding the credentials of Silvia Lopez Barrera. We look forward to hearing from you and guiding you through these difficult times. Please contact us through our email contact form, or through our main office phone number, 386.257.1222.

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