Allegations of Child Abuse and Neglect


If you have become involved with Child Protective Services, take action immediately and contact The Law Offices of Andrew J. Spinnell to schedule a consultation with an attorney. Our lawyers have years of experience representing parents and caretakers who have been accused of child abuse or neglect. We understand how devastating these allegations can be. Parents who have been accused are often angry, sad and fearful. They worry that their relationships with their children will be in jeopardy. They also worry about their careers, as many professionals like teachers or people who work with special needs populations, may risk losing their jobs if they are listed as known abusers. We are dedicated to taking legal action to protect their relationship with their children. We focus on effectively managing all legal aspects of your case, so that you can focus on the emotional aspects.

Domestic violence, child abuse, and neglect have received a great deal of attention in the media. Everyone is on alert for signs of abuse. Sometimes this leads to false accusations, as injuries are misinterpreted or a child’s statements are misunderstood. Furthermore, certain professionals are mandated reporters. Professionals such as teachers, pediatricians, and police officers are required by law to report any suspected child abuse.


Allegations of child abuse and child neglect are also falsely made in divorces. These false accusations are done deliberately to hurt the other parent. While an increase in reporting child abuse has led to the protection of many at-risk children, it has also had a downside. Many families face involvement with Child Protective Services when it is not warranted. The process of resolving matters with Child Protective Services can be long and involved. The best way to take action is to contact an experienced New York City family lawyer as soon as possible. Our legal team will do their utmost to protect your rights and represent you in any area of divorce or family law.