Child Abuse Law Guide

Child abuse is never acceptable and is universally considered one of the worst crimes a person can commit. A charge of child abuse may lead to criminal and civil charges. In this comprehensive guide to child abuse laws in the United States, learn what constitutes child abuse, how and when to report abuse, and how to defend yourself against a false allegation of child abuse.

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  • ContentWhat Is Child Abuse Law?

    Child abuse law provides the rules for holding individuals who harm children legally accountable for their actions. These laws are directed at parents, guardians, caretakers, and anyone else responsible for a child's wellbeing. Child abuse is not limited to physical harm. Most child abuse statutes also include emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation, as well as acts or failures to act that result in an imminent risk of danger to the child. Allegations of child abuse can result in criminal charges and/or the initiation of a child neglect case in civil court. Statutes prohibiting child abuse have been enacted at the state and federal level.

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  • ContentWhat Constitutes Child Abuse?

    There is a fine line between discipline and child abuse, and it is important to understand when this line is crossed. In this guide, learn more about what constitutes child abuse, when neglect may constitute abuse, and when a criminal offense of child endangerment may be necessary.

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  • ContentReporting Child Abuse

    When a person witnesses child abuse, he or she has a moral obligation to report the abuse. In many cases, the person may be a mandatory reporter. Mandatory reporters also have a legal obligation to report any abuse.

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  • ContentGuide to Legal Consequences of Child Abuse

    Child abuse is considered one of the worst possible crimes to commit, and the penalties for an act of child abuse can be quite severe. Child abuse may be physical or psychological, and different case of child abuse will lead to different penalties.

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  • ContentLegal Defenses to Child Abuse

    Oftentimes child abuse is reported by someone outside of the home, such as a teacher or family member. However, sometimes these reporters might get it wrong. What should you do if you have been falsely accused of child abuse?

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  • ContentGuide to Kidnapping Law

    Parental kidnapping can occur during custody disputes and can lead to both civil and criminal consequences. Parental kidnapping can be severely harmful to a child’s emotional, physical, and mental health. Learn more.

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