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What to do when you share custody and have safety concerns?

On Behalf of | May 2, 2024 | Child Custody | 0 comments

Custody arrangements can be challenging, especially when you are worried about the safety and well-being of your child. To address these concerns, you need to know your options and take the appropriate action to keep your child safe.

If you believe that your child is being neglected or abused, it is important to confront these issues promptly and effectively.

Talk to your child

An open conversation is helpful, but only if it is safe. If you suspect physical harm, prioritize your child’s safety and reach out to authorities. Otherwise, create a calm and loving environment. Also, ask open-ended questions about their time with the co-parent, but focus on feelings and avoid accusing the other parent.

Look for warning signs

Some children may stay silent about their abuse. Look for behavioral changes such as bedwetting, nightmares or clinginess. Physical signs might include unexplained bruises or injuries. Pay attention to changes in mood or appetite.

Document everything

Keep a record of everything you observe. Dates, times and specific details are important. If your child discloses abuse, write down exactly what they say, using their own words.

Seek help from professionals

Talk to a trusted adult, such as a teacher, counselor or doctor. These professionals can provide support and guidance. They are also mandated reporters, meaning they must report suspected abuse to authorities.

Consider your next steps

Depending on the severity of the situation, you may need to take further action. This could involve contacting the police or a child protective services agency. Remember, your child’s safety comes first.

By seeking the appropriate resources and support, you can take proactive steps to protect your child and ensure they grow up in a safe and nurturing environment.