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Phoenix, Arizona Attorneys for Juveniles

A key element of family law is helping people face the legal challenges that can arise regarding children. Effective navigation of these issues is critical for individuals, couples and families who are confronted with such challenges.

Phoenix Juvenile Dependency

Based in Phoenix and serving the surrounding areas, the family law attorneys at DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC represent parents and children in a wide range of juvenile law matters, including the following:

  • Emancipations
  • Adoptions
  • Severances
  • Juvenile dependency petitions
  • Termination of parental rights
  • Paternity issues

If you have a juvenile or dependency issue, the attorneys at DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC have extensive experience with the issues you face and provide you with answers to your questions, sound advice and assist you through the complex legal process. In juvenile and family law matters, the court may appoint an attorney for the children. This attorney is known as a Guardian ad Litem. Our lawyers have extensive experience working with Guardian ad Litems to obtain recommendations regarding the best interest of the children, which are favorable to you.

Arizona Juvenile Dependency Attorneys

Juvenile dependency issues typically arise when a parent is unwilling or unable to parent a child. We have attorneys who have experience representing children in these situations. We can help you file a juvenile dependency petition or represent you if a juvenile dependency petition was filed by someone else. We are familiar with the process and are committed to presenting the strongest possible case or assisting you in reaching your desired conclusion in the matter.

For more information about juvenile dependency or to discuss your particular situation with an experienced and knowledgeable family law attorney, please

Child Protection Services Defense Lawyers

One of the most frightening moments is when someone from the Child Protection Services comes to take your child away. Typically, Child Protection Services does not get involved in a case unless someone has made a complaint. Unfortunately, once they become involved, they can be relentless in their pursuit.

Although not required, it is highly advisable to retain an experienced family law attorney who is familiar with Child Protection Services actions and has experience with these types of cases. You should have a skilled advocate in your corner.

If you have a hearing involving Child Protection Services, schedule a confidential consultation with one of our family law attorneys by calling us at

Phoenix Guardianships Attorneys

A guardian is a person who makes decisions on behalf of a ward. A ward can be a child or an adult incapacitated person. A guardian can make medical decisions and other life decisions on behalf of the ward.

Located in Phoenix, and representing clients throughout the Phoenix metro area, the law firm of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC can assist you with your guardianship matter, including child guardianships and adult guardianships (parents and grandparents).

Child Guardianship

We represent many grandparents and stepparents in guardianship proceedings, whether the matter is handled in court or through mediation. We have extensive experience with guardianship issues and can explain the process to you, draft and file a petition, prepare you for a hearing, and represent you in court or mediation.

For more information about child guardianships or to discuss the specifics of your case with an experienced family law attorney, please

Adult Guardianship

Adult guardianships are frequently sought when a parent or grandparent becomes incapacitated. An adult guardianship can also be sought when there is a mental health issue. These guardianships are sometimes referred to as mental health guardianships.

In guardianship actions, we can help you properly petition the court. Depending on the facts of your case, you could request a temporary guardianship order or a permanent guardianship order.

For those situations involving mental health issues, we can help compile the appropriate documentation, such as a physician report or investigator report.

The Adoption Process in Phoenix

Adding a new member to your family through adoption is a joyful experience. However, we know it can also be stressful. Arizona’s requirements are strict, and the procedures are complex. Be sure to avoid any misstep that could potentially result in delays or even the rejection of your adoption petition.We understand the importance of your family and what is at stake. Let the experienced legal team at DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC advocate on your behalf and advise you through the process. With offices in Phoenix, Prescott and Scottsdale, our firm is available to represent you anywhere in the state.

Filing A Petition For Adoption And Meeting Other Requirements

In an adoption matter, you must file certain pleadings with the juvenile court, attend several court hearings, and follow specific rules and requirements. In many cases, an adoption will also require the termination of parental rights.

Let us assist you with the pleadings, court documents, home studies and court hearings. At DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC, our goal is to minimize the difficulties and provide you with a smooth path.

Representing Stepparents, Grandparents And Other Clients

Our legal team is available to assist you with a wide array of adoption-related matters, including:

  • Stepparent adoptions
  • Grandparent adoptions
  • Private adoptions
  • Foster care/Child Protective Services adoptions

Terminating Parental Rights In Arizona

In order to terminate parental rights, you must file certain pleadings with the juvenile court, attend several court hearings, and follow specific rules and requirements.DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC has the experience and knowledge needed to navigate this process. Let us guide you through Arizona’s legal requirements with skill and efficacy. Our experienced attorneys can assist you with a wide range of matters involving the termination of parental rights and adoptions across the state.

When Do A Parent’s Rights Need To Be Terminated?

One purpose of severing a parent’s legal rights is to allow another individual to adopt the minor child.

For example, a grandparent who is raising a grandchild because the child’s parents are unable to care for the child, may want to learn more about severing parental rights and adoption. Likewise, if a stepmother wants to adopt her stepchildren, the rights of the biological mother must first be terminated.

Arrange A Consultation Today

We are happy to discuss your unique situation and concerns. Set up an initial consultation with one of our attorneys by calling us at 602-626-9552 or 800-409-0262. You can also fill out our online contact form. We respond to all messages as promptly as possible.

Contact The Phoenix Juvenile Law Attorneys Of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC

When you face a juvenile family law matter, choose the right attorney to ensure that your rights are protected. Turn to the Scottsdale juvenile matters attorneys of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC. To schedule an initial consultation, call 602-626-9552, 800-409-0262 or contact our office online.

Awards & Accolades

DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC and founding attorney DeShon Laraye Pullen received many prestigious honors, including: Small Firm of the Year, Family Law Litigator of the Year, selection to Arizona Super Lawyers and a Superb, 10.0 Avvo rating.