Handling A Variety Of Juvenile Court Issues In Tennessee

Issues involving children often are handled in juvenile court. When the Department of Children's Services (DCS) comes in and takes emergency custody of a minor child, or the minor child's parents have never been married to each other and there are custody, parentage questions, or child support issues, and in some other situations, juvenile court is proper forum. It is important that you have an experienced lawyer on your side who can protect your rights.

At the Knox County law firm of Parker and LaDuke, our attorneys are dedicated advocates who focus on helping you achieve your goals and obtaining the best possible outcome. We are committed to clients, taking the time to assess their situations and determine the best way in which to handle the juvenile matters they are facing. To schedule a consultation about your juvenile court issues, contact us online or by calling us at 865-694-4685 or toll free at 888-329-7912.

Tennessee Parenting Issues Attorneys

A child can be considered dependent and neglected in a range of situations where there is a violation of parental or guardian responsibilities, including:

  • Without a parent or guardian
  • Parent or guardian is unfit to care for the child
  • Unlawfully kept out of school
  • Parent or guardian refuses proper medical care
  • Improperly cared for due to an environment that is dangerous or unlawful

Juvenile Delinquency

The juvenile courts also maintain a teen court that oversees matters such as alleged criminal offenses, including assault, shoplifting, vandalism, forgery, disorderly conduct, harassment, traffic tickets, runaways, truancy, curfew violations and some drug offenses.

Some juvenile delinquency cases involving certain types of crimes may be transferred to other courts to prosecute the juvenile as an adult. Juvenile courts have jurisdiction over juvenile traffic violations, but may transfer these cases to municipal courts if deemed appropriate.

Other Juvenile Issues

Our firm can also advise on a wide range of other juvenile court issues, including:

  • Treatment or commitment of a juvenile with a mental illness or developmental delay
  • Guardianship
  • Judicial consent to marriage
  • Termination of parental rights or guardianship rights

Contact Our Knoxville Juvenile Court Attorneys

To discuss your juvenile court, dependency or neglect issues, contact us today to arrange your consultation. We offer free consultations for personal injury matters and a reasonable $50.00 consultation fee (applied towards bill if our firm is hired) for family law and other matters. We accept VISA, MasterCard and Discover. Long distance telephone consultations are available with a credit card. Payment plans are available in most cases. Our office hours are Monday — Friday from 9 a.m. — 5 p.m., with evening appointments available. Call us at 865-694-4685 or toll free at 888-329-7912.