Juvenile Law

At Welty Law Office, everything we do is guided by one principle: promoting the well-being of children. That includes advocating for children in the Tennessee juvenile court system.

Juvenile law deals with legal issues affecting children under the age of eighteen. This area of the law includes children who are accused of breaking the law, children who have been abused or neglected, children who are considered “at-risk” and in need of services, and children whose parents are unable to care for them for some reason. In Tennessee, custody and visitation rights of unmarried parents may also be decided in juvenile court.

Whatever the reason a child finds themselves in juvenile court, they need and deserve good representation and guidance. Children who are before the juvenile court are vulnerable, whether because they have been abused or neglected or because they need support to get on the right track for a successful future. Attorney Rachel Welty has a long history of helping children whose circumstances have brought them before the juvenile courts.

Why Representation is Important in Tennessee Juvenile Court

Children in the court system are often at a turning point in their young lives. The right help at this crucial moment can get children the support they need to become healthy, responsible adults and good citizens.

Children in the court system may not be mature enough to understand their own needs, much less be able to advocate for themselves. It is up to the adults around them to be their voices and speak up for their best interests in matters such as:

  • Adjudication of dependency, neglect, abuse, or delinquency
  • Adjudication of traffic violations alleged to have been committed by juveniles
  • Termination of parental rights
  • Proceedings to order mental health evaluation, treatment, and or commitment
  • Establishment of parentage
  • Child custody and support orders/enforcement when a child’s parents are not married
  • Enforcement of compulsory school attendance
  • Commitment of a child to the Department of Children’s Services (DCS)
  • Judicial consent to a child’s marriage, employment, enlistment in the military, or receipt of medical treatment where appropriate
  • And up until the overturn of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court of the United States, judicial bypass proceedings for minors seeking abortion services

When an experienced, compassionate attorney advocates for a child’s best interests in a matter before the juvenile court, the outcome is likely to be much more favorable for the child and ultimately, for the community.

Compassionate, Child-Focused Juvenile Court Advocacy

Attorney Rachel Welty has been advocating for children in various capacities throughout her legal career. Her law practice is centered on prioritizing the needs and well-being of children in Tennessee, including representing clients in juvenile court. An experienced litigator, Rachel understands how to present evidence to the court to achieve the best possible outcome for children, their futures, and their families.

We invite you to contact Welty Law Office to schedule a consultation so that we can answer your questions about Tennessee juvenile court matters.