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Timothy C. Nies

Timothy Nies

"We work hard for the rights of your family in Dependency Court cases"

Van Riper & Nies Attorneys, P.A. combines court experience, compassion, skill and trust when representing our clients in Dependency proceedings brought by DCF...

Our trial attorneys, Tim Nies and Christian Van Riper, take their jobs seriously and work tirelessly when children are involved.

Tim Nies, a military veteran, having served as an Airborne Ranger with the elite 75th Ranger Regiment, is a former lead casualty trial attorney for Marshall, Dennehey, Warner Coleman & Goggin, the largest insurance defense law firm in the U.S., where he litigated and tried complex civil litigation cases on behalf of large insurance companies and Fortune 500 companies. Prior to that, Timothy worked for one of the most well-known divorce attorneys in South Florida.

Christian is a former Prosecutor in the 19th Judicial Circuit, and a former Investigator with the Department of Children and Families (DCF).  Very few attorneys have the experience Christian has when it comes to legal issues of minors. As an investigator for DCF, Christian investigated allegations of child abuse and child neglect. Christian and Timothy try each and every case as a close-knit, effective, well-prepared and efficient trial team. 

A dependency proceeding in Florida is a case brought before the Court based on allegations of abuse, abandonment and/or neglect of a child. The term “dependency” is based on the idea of a child being dependent on the State or Court to provide help and services.

Such dependency proceedings are based upon investigation by Florida's DCF. Oftentimes, DCF investigates if there has been any domestic violence in the home and where children have been affected or have witnessed the abuse. DCF has a great deal of power to have children removed from homes, at least until a shelter hearing, which is very shortly after a child has been removed.

A shelter hearing will occur within 24 hours of a child’s removal from his or her parents. At the time of removal, someone from child welfare services will inform the parents where and when this hearing will occur. At this hearing, the Dependency Court Judge will determine if the child will remain in shelter care to ensure the child’s safety. It is critical that you have an attorney with you at the shelter hearing.

Our attorneys are available day and night.  For more information about our Dependency practice, contact Attorney Christian Van Riper. 

West Palm Beach:
801 Northpoint Parkway
Suite 375
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
(561) 948-5588

900 SE Ocean Boulevard
Suite 140-E
Stuart, FL 34994
(772) 283-8712


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10 Fairway Drive #139
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
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Delray Beach:
55 SE 2nd Avenue
Delray Beach 33444
(561) 894-9862

Boca Raton:
9825 Marina Boulevard
Suite 100A
Boca Raton, FL 33428
(561) 948-5589

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