What does dependency mean? Any minor child who has been abused, neglected, abandoned or otherwise comes under the description of the Welfare and Institutions Code Section 300 may be subject to the jurisdiction of the juvenile dependency court. In general, the dependency court has sole and superior jurisdiction over all issues involving the child’s parentage and custody once a dependency petition is filed and retains it until the case id dismissed or jurisdiction is terminated.
What is the court’s duty regarding parentage? The court has a duty to inquire about and determine parentage of each dependent child. The rules used to determine parentage in dependency court are to comport with the UPA- Uniform Parentage Act. Parentage presumptions are driven by the state’s interest in preserving the integrity of the family and legitimate concerns for the welfare of the child.
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