Child Abuse in Arizona
Arizona Child Protective Service
The professionals at Hildebrand Law, PC are dedicated to discovering the truth in all child abuse cases related to a family law court matter in which the firm is involved.
If you believe your child has been abused or you are defending yourself against a false allegation of child abuse in a family law court matter, you deserve the peace of mind that comes with knowing your most precious assets are being guarded by a committed team who focus only upon Arizona family law cases.
If you are concerned your child has been abused or have been falsely accused of abusing your child, you owe it to yourself and your child to participate in an initial consultation with Hildebrand Law, PC.
If you believe a child has been abused or neglected, you need to know how to report child abuse. You may report concerns regarding child abuse or neglect to any law enforcement officer or to the child protective services.
Doctors, mental health officials, and school personnel are legally required to report concerns of child abuse or neglect.
They are referred to as “mandatory reports” in the state of Arizona. Child abuse or neglect reports are confidential in Arizona. The parent may get a copy of the report but the name of the person who made the report is not provided to the parent.
A person who reports child abuse also has qualified immunity for reporting the suspected abuse which provides a shield against liability for reporting abuse.
You should also be aware that you may file an Emergency Petition to Modify Child Custody and Parenting Time to either eliminate or limit the other parent’s access to protect your child. The court will either grant or deny your emergency petition the same day it is filed.
Arizona Child Abuse – How We Can Help
Child abuse accusations are raised in only a very small percentage of Arizona family law cases. As a result, many divorces and family law attorneys are unaware of how to properly investigate and litigate allegations of child abuse in Arizona.
Most often, an attorney will blindly leave the investigation of the child abuse allegations to a counselor, Department of Child Safety worker, law enforcement officer, or other mental health professional with little or no involvement or inquiry from the attorney to ensure proper methodologies are being utilized by these people to investigate the child abuse allegations.
There are many occasions when the people in Arizona responsible for investigating reports of child abuse lack sufficient time or training to look into a child abuse allegation properly.
Some governmental investigators, such as police officers and Child Protective Service social workers, do nothing more than schedule a single brief interview of a child in hopes that the child may disclose an act of abuse.
Attorney Chris Hildebrand has represented numerous clients in Arizona child abuse cases in courts throughout Arizona. In fact, Mr. Hildebrand has been retained by Arizona family law attorneys for the sole purpose of representing their clients regarding child abuse allegations while the other attorney continues to represent that same client for the remaining divorce issues.
Many people have no idea what to do or where to start when a child is alleged to have been abused by a parent. Those same clients are amazed at the significant number of steps that can and should be taken to properly investigate a child abuse claim and, as importantly, when they realize the dangers inherent in permitting the wrong experts to inquire into these child abuse claims.
Mr. Hildebrand has developed an effective procedure for investigating child abuse allegations. This process has repeatedly proven successful in Arizona child abuse cases.
All clients of the firm, however, are informed that the focus of the process employed by the firm in all child abuse cases is to determine whether the allegations are true or false and, if false if the accusations were asserted to gain an advantage in the child custody litigation.
The process is not employed by the firm to support a false accusation against an innocent parent or to place a child in jeopardy of being mistreated.
The procedures utilized by the firm to investigate child abuse allegations are so effective they have resulted in abusive parents subsequently admitting abuse of their children and have resulted in other parents losing primary physical custody of their children because they knowingly falsely accused a parent of abusing a child for the purpose of gaining an advantage in a divorce or child custody proceeding.
Although we strive to provide important and relevant information on this website to all of our visitors, we have chosen not to publish any specific information on this website regarding the procedures utilized by the firm to investigate allegations of child abuse to ensure that information cannot be inappropriately used by a parent to conceal his or her abuse of a child or to assist a parent in asserting a false allegation of child abuse against an innocent parent.
Chris Hildebrand wrote this article about child protective services in Arizona to ensure everyone has access to information about protecting children from abuse and neglect in Arizona. Chris is a family law attorney at Hildebrand Law, PC. He has over 24 years of Arizona family law experience and has received multiple awards, including US News and World Report “Top Arizona Divorce Attorneys”, Phoenix Magazine “Top Divorce Law Firms”, and Arizona Foothills Magazine “Best of the Valley” award. He believes the policies and procedures he uses to get his clients through a child custody case should all be guided by the principles of honesty, integrity, and actually caring about what his clients are going through.