Lake Oswego, OR asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Oregon

Q: Would withholding medical checkups to a minor be considered neglect? Also refusing to provide food and being controlling

My partner lives in an (from what I can understand) an emotionally abusive situation. His mother uses money to threaten him (take money out of his personal bank account or not buy essential items) and has become increasingly controlling over the past year. I was wondering if there were resources or options for him to get out of that situation as it has taken a toll on his mental well being and sense of safety in his own home.

1 Lawyer Answer
M. Nicole Clooten
M. Nicole Clooten
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Pendleton, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: In order to answer this question, I need some more information. Is your partner a minor or under guardianship? If he is a minor, this likely does not meet the threshold for neglect unless she has actually caused him harm from these threats. Also, there is a difference for what constitutes neglect for child protective services and criminal neglect. I am fairly certain, based on the facts provided, that the elements of criminal neglect have not been met.

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