My daughter did just that and at first the judge accepted but then CPS said they had a temp order to remove the child and court proceeded. CPS has never even seen the child in question. But they made my daughter give her baby to the ex mother in law. She's the one that called and made the allegations. So I believe my daughters right to hire an attorney were violated. Is that correct?
The court will appoint your daughter a public defender. You can also obtain private counsel at any time, but if notice of the hearing was given than the court will proceed.
This response is not intended to create an attorney client relationship, nor is it given as legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Always consult with a licensed attorney regarding the specifics of your particular case.
Your daughter is legally entitled to hire her own attorney if she chooses to do so. It is early in the proceeding if the scheduled hearing was the initial setting. These matters (dependency proceedings) are serious!! The State is involved and you need to fight back with everything you have to succeed in having the child returned to your daughter. Consult an experienced attorney who is not afraid of fighting the State of Arizona to protect your daughter's rights. Good Luck.
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