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Child Welfare Law in Ohio: Adjudicatory Hearing

The adjudicatory hearing is the fact determining stage in juvenile cases. The party with the burden of proof is required to produce sufficient evidence to establish that the child is abused, neglected or dependent. The opposing party has the right to challenge the evidence through cross-examination and the introduction of its own evidence. There must be strict adherence to the Rules of Evidence at the adjudicatory stage. The procedures must also comply with due process requirements.