Good Day! I'm a Family Law expert here at JA and will do my best to assist you. Please remember, though, I can only provide general information. I have looked into this as some states provide more guidance than others. Here is a link to the state's website as to what is considered abuse/neglect. http://www.michigan.gov/gtfcan/0,4588,7-195-26941-77801--,00.html
The relevant statutes are 722.622 et seq.
722.622(f) states: (f) "Child abuse" means harm or threatened harm to a child's health or welfare that occurs through nonaccidental physical or mental injury, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, or maltreatment, by a parent, a legal guardian, or any other person responsible for the child's health or welfare or by a teacher, a teacher's aide, or a member of the clergy.
The legislature has not listed the acts that would constitute a violation; rather it is the harm, or threatened harm.
Page 2 of the attached (issued by the government) goes into more detail: https://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/statutes/define.pdf
The following statute sheds more light on this: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28acp4hxrzqsddom55lr45lgml%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectname=mcl-722-628 and details when an investigation will be conducted.
I understand I was concerned. My daughter is in counseling and one of the questions they asked her was if she is whooped. I have in the past whooped and have used a belt and would only whoop her once not excessively or more than once and I would only do it when alternate non-physical forms of discipline werent working. I am thinking the last time was 2 months ago or more. I feel bad because they said they may be involving CPS and I never even knew I was doing anything wrong. I would have never done it if I knew it was illegal. Based on what I have told you can you give me any feedback as to wether this falls under abuse or not? I do not threaten her well-being so I dont think so, however I may be interpreting it the wrong way.
Unfortunately only a caregiver (i.e. therapist or pediatrician) that was familiar with your particular situation is really qualified to answer that question. That most recent link will give you an idea of what type of cases the state will investigate.
I do know many pediatricians will discuss alternatives to "spankings" and such, to help a parent deal with their child.
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