Terms Used In Florida Statutes 39.505
- Adjudicatory hearing: means a hearing for the court to determine whether or not the facts support the allegations stated in the petition in dependency cases or in termination of parental rights cases. See N.Y. New York City Administrative Code 11-259 - Eligibility for benefits
- Parent: means a woman who gives birth to a child and a man whose consent to the adoption of the child would be required under…. See N.Y. New York City Administrative Code 11-259 - Eligibility for benefits
- person: includes individuals, children, firms, associations, joint adventures, partnerships, estates, trusts, business trusts, syndicates, fiduciaries, corporations, and all other groups or combinations. See N.Y. Education Law 661 - Eligibility requirements and conditions governing awards and loans
- writing: includes handwriting, printing, typewriting, and all other methods and means of forming letters and characters upon paper, stone, wood, or other materials. See N.Y. Education Law 661 - Eligibility requirements and conditions governing awards and loans
No answer to the petition or any other pleading need be filed by any child, parent, or legal custodian, but any matters which might be set forth in an answer or other pleading may be pleaded orally before the court or filed in writing as any such person may choose. Notwithstanding the filing of an answer or any pleading, the respondent shall, prior to an adjudicatory hearing, be advised by the court of the right to counsel and shall be given an opportunity to deny the allegations in the petition for dependency or to enter a plea to allegations in the petition before the court.