The issue of child abuse has been a growing concern. Unfortunately, while there are children who are in danger of being harmed by their care providers, there are also families who have been traumatized by false child abuse allegations. Though California has its own laws guiding how these reports are made, anonymous reporting may be a contributor to these allegations.
Years ago, extended family members were often close, both geographically and physically. However, in many situations, grandparents are often unable to visit their grandchildren as frequently as they would like, and they may not have recourse under the current family law provisions in their states. While California does provide for grandparents to seek visitation rights, there are restrictions on the conditions that apply.
When parents are caught up in a child custody dispute, they often struggle to resolve their conflict. At times, parents have been known to make false allegations against the other in order to try and sway a family law judge to change custody orders. California parents who find themselves involved in a contentious dispute may seek the support of professionals.
Some of the worst crimes are those that are perpetrated against innocent children, including any type of child abuse. However, false accusations of abusing a child can be just as horrible, since it is often difficult to restore one's reputation. Recently, one California father was facing such charges in family law court based on a false report filed by a deputy.
The vast majority of parents work diligently to ensure that their children are cared for and are protected. Unfortunately, not every child enjoys these basic rights and may need to be removed while parents work to correct poor behaviors or environmental conditions. There are laws that state how social workers are to conduct themselves in order to ensure that parental rights are not violated. California parents who believe their rights have not been protected may seek assistance from a family law attorney.
When the recent story broke about the family who purportedly starved their 13 children and chained them to beds, many officials turned their scrutiny on families who choose to educate their children at home. Indeed, with the increased calls for reforms to home education regulations in many parts of the country, California homeschooling families may find themselves in need of an attorney who practices in family law. There are many who have stated their belief that parents who teach at home are attempting to hide abuse and neglect.
In what could be a precedent-setting case, the top court in one state is considering whether to grant a woman's request to have her parental rights terminated. What makes this particular family law case unique is it concerns whether a spouse in a same-sex marriage consented to have a child through a sperm donor. The case is being followed closely by same-sex advocacy groups in California and across the country.
Far too often, media sources feature stories of children who have suffered devastating abuse at the hands of trusted adults. Unfortunately, there are also reports of abuse that are unfounded and based on either incomplete information or false accusations. If one finds him- or herself facing allegations of child abuse, a California family law professional may provide vital assistance.
After they have been issued a final divorce decree, most former spouses seek to leave the past behind them and seek a new life. However, there may arise certain circumstances when one needs to seek a modification to the orders a family law judge issued. A California resident who finds that personal situations warrant such an action may seek help in filing these petitions.
Raising a family is never an easy undertaking, no matter one's background or social status. However, being accused of committing abuse of one's child or possibly neglecting the care of a child may be an emotionally exhausting and frightening situation. Both of these matters can fall under the purview of family law, and an experienced attorney may be able to help navigate these disturbing allegations.