Juvenile Dependency-Welfare and Institutions Code 300

If a Judge, Child Welfare Services (CWS, sometimes casually referred to as CPS or Child Protected Services) becomes concerned about the safety of the children in a family law case, they may open a “300” – a Welfare and Institutions Code 300 Juvenile Dependency case that trumps the family court case (the Juvenile Dependency Court orders take precedence over Family Court). This is sometimes the consequence of two parents throwing so many accusations at each other of bad parenting that the powers that be (the state) take the children away from both parents and look for another solution to the question of custody of the children.