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Can Parental Rights be Taken Away because of a Domestic Violence Charge?

Posted by attorney Jeremy Geigle

Recently, a 27-year-old mother in Lowell, MA was convicted of domestic violence after neighbors witnessed her punching her 10-year-old daughter in the face before dragging her up a flight of stairs by her ankles. The woman was evidently upset because her daughter had gone across the street to play in the neighbor’s yard. Her angry emotions caused her to pull her daughter home by her hair before “slapping her about the face and body." After the 10-year-old was inside, she called 911 while hiding in her bedroom.

Any domestic violence case is tragic, but cases involving child abuse are extremely devastating and complicated. In such cases, a child protective organization may get involved, adding to the legal pressure of the situation. In Arizona, it is not uncommon for Child Protective Services to get involved in domestic violence and child abuse cases. CPS can go through the legal system to try and terminate parental rights, complicating the case and increasing the punishment.

Domestic violence charges are taken very seriously in Arizona, and Child Protective Services can severely muddy cases involving child abuse. If you have been convicted of domestic violence in Arizona, don’t face the courts and CPS on your own—contact a Phoenix domestic violence attorney who can help.

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