Child abuse is the act of causing harm to a child, whether it be physical, emotional, mental, or sexual. Neglecting a child’s needs to the point of causing them harm is also a form of child abuse. If you believe your spouse or partner has abused your child in anyway, then you need to take actions to protect them.
The right starting point to protect your child from further harm is usually filing for divorce or separation and demanding full child custody rights. Our team of Austin family law attorneys at Walters Gilbreath are here to help you ensure your child is safe and your parental rights are respected. With managing partners who are Board Certified in Family Law, our law firm is ready to take on any challenge on your behalf.
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What are the Usual Signs of Child Abuse?
As frightening as it may be, you might not know your child is being abused by your spouse despite it happening regularly. Children are often afraid to speak up and seek help, even in dire situations. It may fall upon you to notice the telltale signs of child abuse and take appropriate action.
Some of the most common signs of child abuse are:
- Unexplained injuries that your spouse ignores
- Antisocial behavior at school
- Aggression or distrust of your spouse
- Diagnosed childhood depression
- Child loses close friends due to behavioral issues
- Child is hungry, tired, or scared after spending time with ex-spouse
Do not hesitate to report the potentiality of child abuse to the authorities as soon as you have good reason to suspect it. Texas law requires you to attempt to stop child abuse once you know about it. If you see suspicious signs but do not take any action, then the court might deem you are also unfit for parental rights, and you could be charged with a crime of negligence. Call the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) at 800-252-5400 as soon as possible. In an emergency, call 911.
Legal Allies to Protect You & Your Child
Walters Gilbreath and our Austin child abuse attorneys are ready and willing to hear your case after you suspect your child has been injured through child abuse. We are truly dedicated to doing everything we can to make certain your child is removed from such a harrowing situation by giving full child custody to you. Let us talk about your options today — just contact us at (844) 451-1220 to begin.