Cases of Neglect and Abuse
If you are facing any kind of neglect or abuse involving yourself or your children, it can be utterly terrifying and make you feel completely hopeless. One of the most common forms of maltreatment falls under category of neglect, which is the cause for 54% of cases. Following closely behind it is physical abuse which is at 22%, as well as sexual abuse, and emotional abuse with the lowest recorded numbers. There are also numerous other incidents that can include abandonment, addiction to drugs by one or more of the parents, and significant threats of harm.
Abuse Towards Children
Child neglect involves failing to care for a child's basic needs, such as food, clothing, hygiene, education or supervision. It may also be the result of parental drug or alcohol abuse. Physical abuse, such as hitting, punching, or other physical harm can also occur. Possibly the most horrific type of harm a parent can inflict on a child consists of sexual abuse. Just a few years ago in 2009, Nassau County and Suffolk County had reported nearly 16,000 incidents of child abuse and neglect. No child should be subjected to this type of lifestyle and there are legal remedies to deal with this issue. Neglect and abuse are cases that are commenced by the local county Child Protective Services agency of the Department of Social Services.
Domestic Violence Situations
Domestic violence refers to both child and spousal abuse, in which one spouse or domestic partner attempts to control the other through physical force or sexual abuse. Domestic violence may occur between married partners, divorced partners, domestic partners, or unmarried couples who are living together. Often, domestic violence incidents occur during a hostile breakup or divorce. An
order of protection may be sought and obtained through the court to stop any kind of domestic violence.
Protection Against a Harmful Home Life
As a spouse or parent, your legal rights or those of your children need to be vigorously protected from domestic neglect or any type of domestic violence. Attorney Lynn Poster-Zimmerman is a Law Guardian protecting the rights of children and has over 29 years of legal experience and family law knowledge to apply to your case and will ensure that you and your children are safeguarded under New York law.
If you or your child has been the victim of domestic neglect or abuse, or if you feel you have been wrongfully accused of neglect or abuse, it is important that you seek and obtain the legal help you need. Consult with Lynn Poster-Zimmerman to find out how your situation may be addressed and resolved under New York Family Law.