Child abuse is a crime, but unlike most other criminal cases, child abuse falls under the jurisdiction of the Domestic Relations Court. Because the Domestic Relations Court also presides over divorce and child custody cases, family law attorneys are uniquely qualified to help those involved in a child abuse case navigate the system and work toward the best outcomes.

Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC in Albuquerque provides exceptional representation and counsel for child abuse victims and parents and guardians seeking justice for their child.

What Constitutes Child Abuse in New Mexico

Child abuse is an umbrella term that covers a wide range of behaviors that are considered unlawful and/or endangering to the health and well-being of a minor child, such as:

  • Abandonment—leaving a child without provision for their identity for 14 days and/or support for a period of at least three months
  • Neglect—failure to provide basic necessities for a child and/or failure to prevent or stop physical, verbal or sexual abuse that the parent knew about or should have known about
  • Physical abuse—physical contact that results in an injury or death for which there is no justifiable explanation
  • Verbal (emotional/psychological) abuse—repeated or regular use of abusive language that negatively effects a child’s self-esteem
  • Sexual abuse—criminal sexual conduct or penetration, including incest
  • Sexual exploitation—allowing or encouraging a child’s participation in prostitution or pornography
  • Endangerment—allowing a child to be in an environment where illegal drugs are made or sold or any environment where the child is put at undue risk for injury or death

Child abuse cases may be filed as a result of a discrepancy between what a parent and someone else (including the other parent) may view as appropriate corporeal punishment (e.g. spanking).

Who We Can Help in Child Abuse Cases

At Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC, we excel in the practice areas of family law and personal injury. As a result, we are best positioned to champion the rights and pursuit of justice for victims of child abuse and the parents or guardians entrusted with their continued protection.

We understand that child abuse may leave permanent scars, and nothing is going to undo the wrong of a neglectful or abusive parent or family member. However, you may ensure that you have the financial resources to support your healing.

The Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC team knows what types of damages you may claim and the best strategies to fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us to interview our team and start your journey toward a brighter future.

Dedicated Advocacy. Meaningful Results.


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