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Tacoma Child A Attorney

Helping Families Through Difficult Times

Whether a child is being abused, neglected, or is in need of a guardian, the legal system can be confusing and overwhelming. As experienced attorney, I can help guide you through the legal process and advocate for the best interests of your child. I am committed to helping families through difficult times.

What Is Child Abuse?

Child abuse is defined as any action or inaction that results in significant injury or harm to a child. Child abuse can be physical, emotional, or sexual in nature. Child abuse may be intentional or unintentional, but it is always harmful to the child.

Signs of Abuse

There are numerous signs that a child may be a victim of abuse. Some of the most common signs include:

  • Bruises, welts, or scars that do not heal
  • Frequent absences from school, or frequent truancies
  • Isolation from friends and family
  • Lack of personal hygiene
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Poor school performance
  • Self-harming behaviors
  • Changes in behavior, such as sudden aggression or withdrawal
  • Changes in sleeping habits
  • Loss of appetite
  • Changes in hygiene habits
  • Sexualized behavior
  • Self-harm
  • Abnormal weight gain or loss
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts or tendencies

What Is Neglect?

Neglect is defined as the failure of a parent or guardian to provide for a child's basic needs. Neglect may be intentional or unintentional, but it is always harmful to the child. Neglect can be physical, emotional, or educational in nature.

What Is Child Abandonment?

Child abandonment occurs when a parent or guardian intentionally leaves a child without providing for the child's basic needs. This may be physical, emotional, or educational in nature.

What Is Dependency?

Dependency is a legal status that occurs when a child is abandoned, abused, or neglected. Dependency allows the state to intervene on behalf of the child and assume custody of the child. Dependency cases are often heard in juvenile court.

What Is Guardianship?

Guardianship is a legal relationship that exists between a child and a guardian. Guardianship may be ordered by a court when a child is abandoned, abused, or neglected. A guardian may be appointed to care for the child in place of the parent or guardian. Guardianship may also be ordered when a child is orphaned or when a child is not yet old enough to be emancipated from the parent or guardian. Guardianship may be ordered in conjunction with dependency.

Contact McCarthy Law Office, PLLC at (844) 224-5029 to schedule a consultation with a Tacoma child abuse attorney.

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    “Conor is great.”
    “I get the impression my situation was not just a legal issue to be dealt with but that he really cared that things turned out for the best.”
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    “I had Conor help with our business operating agreement and then my personal will for my wife and myself. He was very responsive, informative and pleasant to work with. He made our experience easy and quick. I would recommend him to my friends and family.”
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    “Conor McCarthy is an exceptional attorney! Among his many great talents, he will break down complex scenarios to their core issues promptly, avoiding bloated billing. Having worked with numerous attorneys over the years, it is refreshing to find one who wi”
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    I hired Attorney Conor McCarthy in 2016. I had sustained a serious work injury and was having problems communicating and understanding the process with the Washington State Labor and Industries.

    Conor McCarthy was a godsend, he completely took control, worked successfully with L&I and ultimately brought my case to the best conclusion for my injury and case. Without hesitation, I highly recommend Attorney Conor McCarthy.

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    Conor McCarthy has been my attorney for years. He is honest, trustworthy, knowledgeable and gets the job done efficiently and effectively. He has handled a variety of issues for my mother and me and we have been more than satisfied with the results. He is easy to talk to. He listens and hears what you are telling him. We have the utmost faith in him and have recommended him to friends and family.
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