If found guilty of child abuse and neglect, you face extremely stiff penalties . Parents are no exception to these charges, and often will lose custody of their child or children, or visitation rights if convicted. The law surrounding child abuse and neglect are complicated, and whether you are accused or the one to report a case, an experienced family lawyer can help guide you throughout the process. Our family law attorneys know the value of personal client attention, and are well-practiced in the area of family law.
What you need to know:
At its core, child abuse is divided into three major areas: physical, sexual and emotional abuse. A parent’s drug and alcohol abuse can also be classified as child abuse in some situations. Medical records, eyewitness accounts and victim testimonials are required by the court to prove abuse.
Child neglect is when a caregiver failed to provide for a child’s basic needs. Withholding food, shelter, supervision, education and emotional support can all be considered forms of neglect and harm to a child.
The state of South Carolina has statues in place to protect children, but court proceedings can vindicate those wrongfully accused. Suspicions of false accusations, or injuries as a result of an accident, are among defenses against charges of child abuse or neglect.
Persons involved with child abuse and neglect cases should immediately seek a consult from an experienced family law attorney. If you suspect an issue with the charges, or you are looking to prevent any further harm to your children, Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey can help with these family law matters. Call our office at (864) 298-0084 to request an appointment with Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey online.