Suffolk County Abuse & Neglect
Frequently, each Suffolk County Family Lawyer and Suffolk County Divorce Lawyer in our Firm sees cases that involve child abuse and neglect allegations. A number of times these accusations are made in conjunction with visitation or child custody cases. A child abuse and neglect case frequently involves allegations regarding:
- Emotional or psychological abuse;
- Sexual abuse;
- Malnutrition (or withholding basic necessities);
- Physical abuse (including assault)
More often than not, a Suffolk County Abuse and Neglect Lawyer will find that these allegations are unfounded. They can be used as an emotional ploy by one spouse against another. However, these accusations of abuse and neglect, or domestic violence not only cause extreme emotional stress, but can seriously affect the well-being of the child involved. It is therefore vital that you contact a Suffolk County Family Lawyer from our office immediately to help you deal with ramifications that these accusations can cause, regardless as to whether they are true or not. We have offices throughout New York City including Manhattan and surrounding counties, including Nassau County, Suffolk County, and Westchester County.
If you or your children are in danger, you need to take action immediately by contacting a Suffolk County Abuse and Neglect Lawyer from our office. If you are a victim of domestic violence, and you are a parent, you can be charged with neglect for allowing the abuse to take place in front of your child. If you are in need, retain, a Suffolk County Order of Protection Lawyer to file an Order for Protection anywhere in New York City or the surrounding counties to immediately ensure the safety of your child and protect your rights.
There are a variety of serious legal consequences that may occur as a result of abuse and neglect allegations. A parent may be charged in criminal court for endangering the welfare of the child, or assault. A Suffolk County Criminal lawyer should be contacted immediately in addition to a Family Law Attorney if this is the case.
Another serious concern is how these allegations could affect your child custody and visitation rights. Any Family Law judge from Suffolk County throughout New York State may be reluctant or could be down right opposed to award any visitation or custody to the accused parent until the issue is resolved. If you are in this situation it is important that you contact a Suffolk County Abuse and Neglect Lawyer immediately to protect your rights.
It is possible that you may also be contacted by Child Protective Services (CPS). This agency is responsible for investigating all matters involving child abuse and neglect. If you have been contacted by CPS, contact a Suffolk County Family Lawyer right away. It is important to do so, because anything you say to this agency could be misconstrued and used against you. Our Suffolk County Abuse and Neglect Lawyers at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC can ensure that your rights and those of your child will be protected. Please call us right away for a free consultation at 800.696.9529.