Discovering abuse of a child by a teacher, priest, minister or other trusted adult is one of a parent’s worst nightmares. Sexual, physical or other abuse of a child is a horrific betrayal of the family’s trust that can have devastating effects on the child’s later life. Accusations may be met with indifference or covered up by the school, church or another institution whose job is to protect children. And if the abuser is a relative or close friend, revelations can have a catastrophic effect on the family as well. If you know or suspect that there’s a victim in your family, you deserve answers and immediate action to stop the abuse and prevent others from being victimized. A domestic violence lawyer from Alabama Divorce & Family Lawyers, LLC can help.
Of course, abuse of a child is a crime that carries severe punishments in Alabama. But for some families, that’s not enough; for others, circumstances are just wrong for a successful prosecution. If your family is in this situation, Alabama law allows you to file a teacher or clergy abuse lawsuit, with or without a concurrent prosecution, to hold the abuser publicly responsible for his or her actions and demand justice. Money can’t undo what’s done, but it can hold abusers accountable and send a message that abuse will not be tolerated in our community. At Alabama Divorce & Family Lawyers, LLC, we have the experience to aggressively go after an abuser while treating your family with sensitivity and care.
In cases where an abuser of a minor is being prosecuted, the court may also decide that the child needs an independent advocate — called a guardian ad litem. That person’s only job is to investigate and advocate for the minor’s best interests, without taking into account family ties, religious affiliations or other family interests that can complicate the case. An attorney is available to serve as a guardian ad litem in clergy abuse, teacher abuse and other sensitive cases involving child or teen victims.
At Alabama Divorce & Family Lawyers, LLC, we recognize that childhood abuse cases are some of the most sensitive and troubling cases we handle. If you’re considering a clergy abuse, teacher abuse or other abuse lawsuit, or need a guardian ad litem for a child you love, we want you to know that we will treat you with the utmost respect and your case with complete confidentiality. And we offer free consultations, so if you’re not sure what to do, there’s no risk in speaking to us confidentially about your case and your legal options.
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