Juvenile Dependency Attorney

At the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau, we help siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles or other family members through private dependency proceedings. Through a juvenile private dependency proceeding an individual, usually a family member of the minor child, seeks the assistance of Child Court to determine if a child needs a proper parental figure.

A child may be in need a dependency if:

  • There is no parent or guardian
  • There is no parent or guardian willing to exercise or capable of exercising care and control over the child
  • The child is not being provided with the necessities of life, including adequate food, clothing, shelter or medical care
  • The child’s home is unfit by reason of abuse, neglect, cruelty or depravity by a parent, a guardian, or any other person having custody or care of the child.

If any of the above conditions exist the child will generally become of a ward of the state unless there is a family member willing to become a guardian for the child.

Finding the Solutions That Work for Your Family

When you are facing a matter under Arizona family and custody law, the solutions that work for others may not work for you. That’s why we perform in-depth analysis on each family law case we handle. We make sure that the strategies we use are specifically designed to get you the best possible results. Whether it is through an in loco parentis proceeding, a guardianship or a dependency, we want to protect your family.

Talk to our Phoenix Dependency Attorney

Talk to our experienced lawyer regarding dependency proceedings. Get real answers that apply to your situation. Contact us at 480-209-1918 or toll free at 888-453-1437.

Client Reviews
Karen is highly respected in the legal community. She is effective and thorough. Karen just keeps going regardless of the odds.
Karen was extremely helpful setting up my petition for conciliation. She is by far the most knowledgeable attorney regarding the necessary paperwork, how to file the petition and where it has to be submitted. She listened intently when I was describing my situation and intentions. She was very responsive to my questions and request. She is trustworthy and diligent . I would recommend her to anyone having marital issues. Mark
Very high customer/client considerate. We found Karen when we were forced to leave another Phoenix lawyer due to his bad advice and lack of interest to help us. We were in Phoenix for six days from Michigan with nothing happening but a high wasted expense. Karen and her firm took us in and solved our issue with the courts etc. in two and a half days. Karen’s professionalism with us was very cost effective/productive. If we would have found her first, we would have saved thousands of dollars. Her interest for us was very high. She returned every call. She knew every answer to our questions. She did this for us with a death in her family. She left for a funeral and made sure we were treated with the same professionalism from her firm to finish up. I recommend Karen and her firm with very high satisfaction. Our case is custody with one parent in prison. We will return to Phoenix someday with interests for the child and his parent, if needed. Karen will be our top choice. Nolan
Karen and Bonita are wonderful!! I know that the word "wonderful" is used a lot, but the team they make and the work they did for me can only be described as WONDERFUL!! Yes there where ups and downs in my case, but that is the system and Karen along with Bonita guided and taught me as "WE" went through it together. Karen’s easy going manner and her knowledge really helped me with the emotional part of my divorce. I used the team of Karen and Bonita both times I needed to go to court with my ex and had results that were best for my little girl. Some times I did not get what I wanted, but it was what my daughter needed. Looking back at my case, I made the right choice and would do it again in a heart beat!! Jim
Karen was extremely supportive during a very trying time in our lives. She helped me to put things in perspective and think positive when I was overwhelmed. She is very knowledgeable about the laws pertaining to grandparents rights and the rights of the parents and knew how to provide the appropriate laws pertaining to the situation we were in. I am so grateful for her expertise and guidance. She proved to be very aggressive when she needed to be but was also supportive to my and my children. I would recommend her to anyone in a similar situation. Deanna