Child Abuse & Neglect

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Accusations of child abuse or neglect are very serious. They can dramatically change a child’s home life, and involve a wide variety of organizations like the AC, Child Protective Services, New York Courts, the police, and the Department of Social Services.

However, it’s worth pursuing the matter if you suspect a child is being abused or neglected. With the help of an experienced family law attorney in New York, you can get the assistance you need to navigate the process and protect the child’s best interests.

New York Family Law Group’s team of New York child neglect and child abuse attorneys may be able to help you protect your child’s welfare. Our team of skilled lawyers may also be able to help you protect your interests if you are facing false allegations of child neglect.

Call us today  at (718) 293-1542 to schedule a consultation with an experienced lawyer.

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What Happens When Abuse Or Neglect Is Reported?

First, Child Protective Services will investigate the charges of abuse or maltreatment within 24 hours. Depending on the results of the investigation, they may choose to put the child into protective custody, and offer the family additional, appropriate services. The investigator may also file certain petitions with the family court.

After this, CPS has 60 days to determine if a particular report was “indicated” (true) or unfounded (false). Depending on these results, criminal charges may be brought against the responsible party.

At New York Family Law Group, child neglect lawyer Martin Mohr and New York child abuse attorney Ethan Steward help families protect their children’s welfare. We may be able to help you make perpetrators of child abuse face the consequences of their actions.  Call us today to schedule a consultation with our experienced child neglect lawyers.

Parents often like to believe that they are able to recognize and keep child abusers away from their children. Unfortunately, people who abuse children often look and act just like everyone else, making them seem trustworthy. They can even make children feel convinced that neglect or abuse is acceptable because these abusers have some form of control in their lives.

The perpetrators of abuse can include:

  • School administrators and teachers
  • Managers or employees at daycare
  • Sports coaches and team managers
  • Members of the clergy or other religious leaders
  • Families and friends
  • Families
  • Caregivers or babysitters

Employers can sometimes be held liable for permitting abuse. Abuse cases are most prevalent in schools and daycares that fail to conduct background checks or ignore the results of background checks on their employees. These actions are considered negligence because a reasonable person would conduct background checks to ensure the safety of children.

Child abuse lawyer Ethan Steward and attorney Martin Mohr at the New York Family Law Group has been helping families ensure that perpetrators of child abuse are made to face the consequences in New York of their actions.

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What Should I Do If ACS Has Been Called And I Have Been Falsely Accused?

ACS, or the Administration for Child Services, often receives anonymous tips or reports of child abuse and neglect. When they do, it is protocol for ACS to open an investigation into the matter and remove children from abusive situations.

But what happens if ACS has been called on you?

If ACS has received a tip alleging that you have been abusive or neglectful to your children, they will begin an investigation. Thereafter, you will receive a letter informing you about the matter and the subject of the investigation. ACS will have 60 days to complete the investigation.

The repercussions of an ACS investigation can be very serious. You may be called to court. Your children could be placed into foster care. That is why your first move should be to contact an attorney who is experienced in handling ACS investigations. When you call New York Family Law Group, our team will begin working on your case to protect you and your children from false allegations of abuse and neglect.

New York family law lawyer Ethan Steward and attorney Martin Mohr may be able to help you fight false accusations of neglect and abuse. Contact our skilled New York family law attorneys at New York family law Group and let us help with your defense. Call (718) 293-1542.

Can I Get Custody If My Child Is Being Abused By The Other Parent?

In most cases, the answer is “yes.” If a child is being abused by the other parent, Child Protective Services will immediately begin investigating your home situation to determine whether or not child abuse or neglect has occurred.

If the investigator finds that the child is being abused or neglected, they will file an Article 10 petition in family court. This starts the process of determining whether or not the child should be removed from the home in the long term.

In the meantime, you can file for emergency orders with the court through an Article 6 or Article 8 petition. In most cases, your case will be heard on the same day you file. Working with a family law attorney in New York can help you streamline this process.

Our experienced New York neglect and abuse attorneys have help families ensure that perpetrators of abuse are made to face the consequences of their actions. We may also be able to help with the defense of parents who are falsely accused of child neglect and abuse. Contact the skilled child abuse and neglect lawyers at New York Family Law Group today to discuss your child abuse case or child neglect case.

“We are focused on what matters to you, your family, and your future.”

Martin Mohr & Ethan Steward

Managing Partners of New York Family Law Group

How Will A Child’s Best Interests Be Determined?

To make a long-term custody decision, the court will take your child’s “best interests” into account. A wide variety of different factors will be taken into account by the court to determine your child’s best interests.

The court will rule based on what is best for the child’s “welfare and happiness.” Factors can include the finances of each party, evidence of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence, the stability of each party, mental health evaluations, the mental and emotional stability of each party, the preferences of the child, the quality of the home environment and more.

At New York Family Law Group, experienced lawyer Ethan Steward and family law attorney Martin Mohr has helped families in New York make perpetrators of child abuse face the consequences of their actions. Our team of lawyers understand how important it is to protect a child’s welfare and rights.

If you need an experienced lawyer for child abuse and neglect in New York, contact New York Family Law Group at (718) 293-1542.

How Can A Family Law Attorney Help?

If your own child, or a child close to you, is being abused, a family law attorney can guide you through the process of reporting their abuse, navigating CPS interviews, and working with family courts to protect the child’s best interests.

Whether you’re seeking custody for yourself or you simply want to remove the child from a negative and dangerous situation, the team at New York Family Law Group is here to help.

Criminal Charges for Child Abuse and Neglect

For child abuse and neglect, criminal charges may be brought against the parents. CPS and ACS can refer allegations of neglect or abuse to police in certain cases. If law enforcement is not yet involved, a criminal prosecutor will handle the case.

An accused guardian or parent could face criminal charges depending on the situation. The parent or guardian may face charges of assault and battery, sexual offenses, or endangering the well-being of a child.

The severity of the abuse or neglect could impact the specific charges that someone might face. Most sexual abuse cases are considered felonies and can result in incarceration in state prison.

Endangering the Welfare of a Child is a class A misdemeanor and is punishable with up to one year in prison. Because criminal penalties for child abuse and neglect can be so varied, it’s important to speak immediately with a New York child abuse and neglect lawyer.

Because child abuse offenses are usually domestic in nature, they are considered Domestic Violence crimes. Law enforcement will pay extra attention to these crimes and routinely issue orders of protection or restraint orders to safeguard minors.

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At New York Family Law Group, we are here to help you protect your rights and your children. Abuse and neglect are serious accusations, and we’re here to provide you with the guidance you need as you navigate the complex, stressful, and difficult process of resolving the situation.

Contact us online to book a case review and consultation or call us at (718) 293-1542.

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