What Qualifies as Child Neglect in Nevada


What Qualifies as Child Neglect in Nevada?

Child neglect is a serious concern. It is broadly defined as the failure of a caregiver to provide a child with the necessary care and supervision for their well-being. In this blog, we explore what qualifies as child neglect, its legal implications, and when it may be necessary to seek the guidance of a family lawyer. 

Types of Child Neglect

Nevada law identifies several key aspects that qualify as child neglect, encompassing both physical and emotional neglect.

  • Physical Neglect: This involves the failure to provide essential needs such as food, shelter, clothing, and medical care.
  • Emotional Neglect: Emotional neglect pertains to the absence of emotional support, love, and nurturing, which are crucial for a child’s mental and emotional development.

What to Expect if You Have a Child Neglect Charge(s)?

Being charged with child neglect is a major offense that requires immediate attention. Legal consequences can include criminal charges and loss of child custody.

  • Criminal Charges: Child neglect charges can lead to criminal prosecution, potentially resulting in fines, probation, or even incarceration.
  • Loss of Custody: A finding of child neglect may lead to the loss of custody or visitation rights.

What Is The Legal Impact of Child Abuse?

Child abuse and neglect cases can have long-lasting legal ramifications. Legal impacts may include the court and child protective services (CPS) involvement. For cases involving court proceedings, individuals may be required to comply with court orders. Alternatively, CPS may intervene to assess the child’s safety and may mandate certain actions for the guardian.

What Happens When CPS Is Called?

Child abuse and neglect is often reported to CPS confidentially. When CPS is called, the Washoe County Human Services Agency conducts an investigation to assess the safety and well-being of the child. This may involve interviews with the child and the neglectful party and other relevant individuals involved.

When Should You Call a Family Lawyer?

Consider reaching out to a family lawyer when you’re facing criminal charges, child custody disputes, or if CPS is involved. In cases where child neglect allegations impact custody arrangements, a family lawyer can provide guidance and help you navigate the legal process. 

Trust Carlson & Work for Your Family’s Legal Needs

At Carlson & Work, our experienced family law attorneys in Reno are committed to providing compassionate and strategic legal guidance to protect your rights and the best interests of the child. Don’t hesitate to contact our team of trusted advisors for a confidential family law consultation today. 


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