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Is it legal for a mother to one hand slap a 16 year old in…

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Hi is it legal...

Hi is it legal for a mother to one hand slap a 16 year old in the arm for screaming and breaking things.

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have been taken? Have any papers been filed in family court?

Yes but the child has refused to cooperate with anything, and the police have refused to do anything about her assaulting household members

Lawyer's Assistant: Family law varies by state. What state is she in?

Washington State

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

Just that both DSHS in the police ever refused to act, they did nothing about an assault she committed on a family member but when her mother slapped her in the arm they said that was assault.

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Family Law
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were there any injuries?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
No
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
To the mother yes
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Child is out of control and violent.
Family Lawyer: Michael Bradley,
 replied 6 months ago

a parent is allowed to discipline their child

from what you have said I do not see how this would be abuse

whether mother's conduct is legal is not the question

it is whether it is abuse and in my opinion, no it is not abuse

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
What Washington laws are there to help with a teenager who has become aggressive and violent?
Family Lawyer: Michael Bradley,
 replied 6 months ago
If the child is not willing to agree to go to counseling or anger management or some sort of psychological help, then as a parent you can contact DHS and request help from them to get the child that help that she clearly needs
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Family Lawyer: Michael Bradley,
 replied 5 months ago

there are no WA laws regarding this. The only option would be to contact DSHS and ask for their help

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Family Lawyer: Michael Bradley,
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can I help you further?

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