Houston Child Abuse Attorneys
Legal Advocacy for Your Family
Child abuse can take many forms and should never be tolerated. The attorneys of Holmes, Diggs & Sadler would like the community to understand that there are legal options that may be sought after in order to achieve both justice and an end to any further harm.
Do I Need a Child Abuse Lawyer?
Whether you suspect child abuse or know it has occurred, an attorney can help ensure that you take the proper action to make sure the children in your life stay safe. A child abuse attorney can make sure you know all of your options and choose the ones that are best in your particular case.
Types of Child Abuse
Child abuse can take many forms, including physical, sexual, or emotional types of abuse. Any act or failure to act by a caretaker that causes harm is a form of child abuse. Neglect, for example, involves failing to act to meet a child’s physical needs.
At Holmes, Diggs & Sadler, we can handle child abuse cases involving:
- Physical abuse: This is any type of injury to the child that is not an accident
- Emotional abuse: This type of abuse involves interfering with a child’s mental health or social development
- Neglect: Failing to provide a child with basic necessities such as food, a place to sleep, or clothing
- Sexual abuse: This includes any type of sexual touching between an adult and a child
Any form of child abuse is a serious matter that deserves attention.
Preventing Future Incidents of Abuse
Depending upon the particulars of your circumstances, there are several options available to family members / witnesses that may be wanting to take action against any alleged acts of child abuse, such as the following:
- Contact Child Protective Services (CPS)
- Obtain a protective order for your child / yourself
- File for divorce
- Settle child visitation and custody rights
Abuse can have serious and detrimental effects on a child, so it’s important to take action as quickly as possible. By consulting with an attorney, you can properly assess your legal and social options regarding a case of child abuse.
What Should I Do If I Suspect Child Abuse?
People in certain professions are trained to spot and report child abuse, including doctors, social workers, school employees, nurses, and therapists who are generally referred to as “mandatory reporters” of child abuse.. While these professionals are trained and required to report child abuse, they are not the only individuals in Texas that have a duty to do so.
To report child abuse in Texas, contact local law enforcement, Child Protective Services or the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services.
What if My Partner is Abusing My Children?
If you are aware that your partner is abusing your children (or any other children), you must take steps to prevent it from happening again. One way to obtain protection from the abuser is to file for a protective order. This order will require that the abuser stay away from you physically and prevent communication via the telephone or electronic means. Contact our office for additional information.
Contact a Child Abuse Attorney in Houston
It’s important that the children in our community can live, learn, and play safely. The attorneys of Holmes, Diggs & Sadler can help Houston families better understand their legal options and find swift justice in this kind of highly sensitive situation.
Consult with a member of our legal team today and learn more about how we can help by calling our Houston offices at (713) 766-5355.
A Team-Based Approach
When you hire one attorney at Holmes, Diggs & Sadler, you receive the experience, knowledge and insight of our team.
Always Prepared for Trial
Our attorneys prepare for war so we can negotiate peace. We are not afraid to go to trial if it is in the client's best interest.
Each case is reviewed by our team to ensure we are crafting a case strategy that will help you achieve a satisfactory result.
We Put Clients First
At our firm, the client drives our goals. We put you and your needs first while focusing on providing a personalized approach for your unique case.
“They are extremely conscientious and smart and are excellent trial lawyers.”- Gina F.
“I would highly recommend HD&S to anyone needing family law representation in the Houston area.”- James M.
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