Child Abuse LawS In Pittsburgh and Allegheny County
Understanding Pennsylvania child abuse laws is of importance to anyone, whether you are currently a parent or have no children. However, when your own children are being subjected to such abuse, and you suspect that their other parent is their abuser, you may be unsure of how to proceed.
Below, we go into further detail about what constitutes child abuse in PA and what you should do if your child is being abused by their other parent.
What Constitutes Child Abuse in Pennsylvania
In PA, any act that causes serious physical or mental injury can be considered child abuse. As you can imagine, this can take seemingly countless forms, including sexual abuse; exploitation; inflicting physical harm by hitting, punching, kicking, or biting; emotional abuse and degradation; and more.
The Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law goes on to state that situations where any person knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly engages in these actions, or fails to stop them, will be considered child abuse.
Steps to Take if You Suspect Your Child Is Being Abused by Their Other Parent
As mentioned, if you find yourself in a situation where you suspect that your child is being abused by their other parent, you may be unsure of what to do, especially when you have an existing child custody order.
If you are considering withholding visitation, modifying your child custody order, or taking out a restraining order or order of protection in order to protect your child from suffering further abuse, you may want an experienced attorney to help you ensure that these legalities process correctly so that your children are no longer subjected to such trauma.
Reach Out to a PA Child Abuse Lawyer
If you have reason to believe that your child is being abused at the hands of their other parent and you are ready to stand up and advocate for their rights, meet with an experienced Pennsylvania family lawyer at Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C. You can schedule your initial consultation by filling out the brief contact form below or reaching our office by phone at (412) 231-9786.
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