Child Abuse Cases in Westlake Village
Seek Protection with a Westlake Village Family Lawyer
Emotional or physical abuse of a child is an extremely serious matter.
Not only is it illegal under multiple California
domestic violence laws, resulting in possible criminal consequences if you are convicted,
but abuse can have a devastating and permanent impact on the lives of
your children, your family, and more. Cases of abuse can permanently ruin
your relationship with your child as well, resulting in extremely limited
opportunity to see them and next to no ability to remain part of their
lives in the future.
Escaping from abuse can be a frightening and terrifying experience; abusive
parents are often controlling of their spouses as well, making a possibly
very difficult situation. No matter how intimidating it may seem, it’s
crucial that you get your child away from an abusive parent as quickly
as possible and obtain legal protection through the court system.
Don’t wait! Call the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Graff today at 805-633-4999
and ask to receive a
free initial consultation if you or your loved ones are suffering from abuse!
What Constitutes Abuse?
The courts generally consider any activity or action which threatens a
child’s well-being, either physically or emotionally, to be abuse.
This is intentionally vague for a reason: courts want to be able to protect
children from anything that could be potentially damaging to their physical
and emotional health and punish those who do these things.
Three common types of abuse include:
- Physical abuse (including violence, beating, threats of violence, or excessive
force or instruments of pain for discipline)
- Emotional abuse (insulting, degrading, screaming, or other verbally-based
and traumatic actions)
- Sexual abuse (including humiliation, touching, and more)
What are the Consequences of Abuse?
Abuse is taken extremely seriously by both criminal and family law courts.
Abusive parents will almost certainly lose custody rights and possibly
even lose visitation abilities as well, depending on the decision of the
court. However, a parent who knows the abuse is going on and does nothing
to prevent it may also lose their custody rights as well.
Less-severe cases could result in a restricted relationship between the
abusive parent and the child, including reduced visitation that may require
supervision from a third-party.
How can I Obtain Protection?
It’s crucial that you immediately contact an attorney who can help
you with your case. My name is Jeffrey S. Graff, and as a Westlake Village
family law attorney, I can petition the court on your behalf to obtain
a temporary order of protection, which can place a number of restrictions
on an abusive parent. Once this restraining order is in place, we can
work together to remove the abusive parent’s custody rights, ensuring
your child will remain safely away from them and can have a happier, healthier life.
Our team can help you and your child! Stop the abuse;
contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Graf online now!