It is an uncomfortable thought for many Illinois parents to consider, but statistics show that your child is more likely to be abused by someone he or she knows rather than by a stranger. You may notice that your child seems reluctant to visit with the other parent, or may return from the other parent with strange marks or bruises on him or her. What can you do as the child’s parent to protect your child from suspected abuse at the hands of the child’s other parent or someone living with the child’s other parent?
Some parents unwittingly allow child abuse and mistreatment to continue to occur because they cannot believe the other parent would mistreat their child in such a manner. As a result, they miss key warning signs that suggest child abuse may be present such as:
Some of these signs may appear in the absence of any abuse: therefore, it is important to maintain a good relationship with your child so that you can better understand if the child’s behavior or appearance is unusual and cause for concern.
If you suspect abuse is occurring, there are certain actions you can take to protect your child. It is important that you act quickly so as to prevent further harm from occurring to your child:
It is natural to feel confused, angry, and panicked when you believe your child is being abused. At Arami Law, your Chicago family law firm, we can help you understand the legal steps necessary to protect your child from further abuse at the hands of the other parent. Contact us at (312) 212-1399 for experienced and caring legal advice and assistance.
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