Michigan Lawyer Aaron Larson

Child Protective Proceedings

If you are a parent, and are involved in child protective proceedings, you have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to represent you. Exercise your right to counsel. Please do not assume that you can adequately represent yourself, or that the system is designed to protect your rights. You will be consistently warned throughout proceedings that you could face the permanent loss of your children as a result of the proceedings. That is no joke - get a lawyer.

In Michigan, you will have the right to a jury trial before a court can take jurisdiction over your children. Many parents will benefit from exercising that right, although many also benefit from consenting to jurisdiction. However, your rights change substantially after the court has jurisdiction over your children, so the decision as to whether or not to demand a jury trial is best made in consultation with a qualified lawyer.

During my years of practice in Michigan, I worked closely with several highly qualified trial attorneys who have vindicated the rights of many parents in protective proceedings. If you desire, I can put you in touch with an expert. Be forewarned that litigation in this area can be very expensive.


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