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Child Neglect

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Family Lawyer

Custody cases can be difficult enough going through them for the original custody order. But when there has been a substantial change in circumstances that indicated a change in custody is warranted, the battle can be even more contentious and stressful. If a parent suspects their child’s other parent is guilty of child neglect, they have the legal right to petition the court for a change in custody.

If you are going through a custody battle, contact a child custody attorney. They can discuss your situation and decide what your best legal options are. In the meantime, the following is a brief overview of how custody laws work.

Child Neglect

Neglect of a child can be just as harmful as the abuse of a child. Child neglect is the failure to provide proper food, clothing, shelter, and medical care. A parent can also be guilty of emotional neglect by ignoring or rejecting the child. Neglect can also be the failure to provide a clean home for the child or lack of supervision. There is also educational neglect, which is failing to make sure the child goes to school.

According to national statistics, child neglect is prevalent in this country, with more than half a million children suffering child neglect by a parent every year. It is thought that number is actually much higher since it is based only on the cases where an investigation or custody filing has taken place. There are tragically many more children who are victims of neglect and those cases never get reported.

Victims of child neglect are often left with long-term or permanent effects. Some of the more common frequent physical injuries or conditions include:

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Brain damage
  • Cancer
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Functional limitations
  • Heart attack
  • High blood pressure
  • Lung disease
  • Malnutrition
  • Obesity
  • Stroke

There are also emotional injuries that children who are neglected can suffer:

  • Alcohol abuse
  • Criminal activity
  • Drug abuse
  • Emotional and mental health disorders
  • Limited cognitive ability
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Poverty
  • Social limitations
  • Unhealthy sexual activity

Signs of Child Neglect

If you suspect your child’s other parent is guilty of child neglect, there are certain signs to watch for and report to your child custody attorney. These include:

  • Your child complains about being hungry all the time. They may also get caught begging or stealing food or money for food
  • Your child has anxiety
  • Your child is abusing alcohol or drugs
  • Your child is depressed
  • Your child is frequently late or absent from school
  • Your child is having legal problems
  • Your child is having problems in school
  • Your child is not receiving dental or medical care
  • Your child is often unbathed or has bad body odor
  • Your child is withdrawn
  • Your child says the other parent is never at home
  • Your child’s grades are rapidly declining

Contact a Custody AttorneyToday

If you suspect your child is being neglected, contact a legal team immediately. Having a knowledgeable and experienced family lawyer in Rockville, MD can make all the difference in the legal results. A law firm will do all they can to make sure your child is protected and safe. Call an office today to set up a free and confidential consultation with a member of a legal team and find out how they can help you get the best possible outcome available.

Thanks to the Law Office of Daniel J. Wright for their insight into family law and child neglect.

Improper Turn

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Criminal Lawyer

Traffic citations can be one of the most irritating offenses that require your time, money, and patience. Most of the time, the goal of every driver is the same, get to where you are going. The last thing you want to do while on your way, even to the grocery store, is being stopped by law enforcement for a tail light, speeding, or even more specific, an improper turn. To make matters worse, no one was hurt and you may have genuinely thought that turn was okay, there are just some laws you are not fully aware of.

We are almost all educated on how turning signals work, and when and why they should be used. If you are making a right, turn on your right indicator and the turn must be made as close as possible to the curb, as to avoid striking anyone or anything on your left. The same typically works for left hand turns but there are a few factors that make these laws slightly different. All turns shall be made as safely as possible, this is clear. If for any reason, your turn may have become less possible than possible, you may be faced with a traffic citation. To consider your turn as safe as possible you must be sure to not hit pedestrians on the street, as well as any parked or moving vehicle, this also includes avoiding construction work that may be getting done.

To make this slightly easier, there are marked lanes and traffic signals and signs to follow. These signs will tell you where a U-turn is not permitted. Or if right turns at red lights are not permitted as well. If there are no signs or traffic lights, the lanes will direct you and help guide drivers and show them where they are or are not permitted to pass lawfully. When you disregard these signs, lane markers, or lights and make an improper turn while also avoid pedestrians or other vehicles, you may be cited. With this traffic citation may come point on your license which makes it harder to receive decent insurance rates, and a court date that may force you to miss work or other planned engagements. If you have been cited for an improper lane change, there are options to avoid points or court but you should speak with a criminal defense attorney in Dekalb County, GA from The Lynch Law Group to see what they may be before making any decisions.