Friday, October 21, 2011

Teen Charged with Animal Cruelty Ordered Out of Home

You never really know what is going on inside people's homes. We're often taken by surprise when we learn the seemingly ideal couple down the street is getting a divorce or the star athlete gets kicked out of school. Each family situation is unique and deserves to be treated as much. There is no solution that is going to fit every home.

For instance, there is the sad story of a juvenile in San Antonio who was ordered by a judge to be removed from his house today. The fifteen-year-old boy is serving probation on a cruelty to animals charge after setting fire to a neighborhood cat that eventually had to be euthanized despite the best efforts of veterinarians.

The defense attorney had argued for the boy to remain in the custody of his father, who is a recovering heroin addict, but State District Court Judge Carmen Kelsey decided that the boy needed a more stable environment. This is a case in which the law intervened and separated members of a family for the benefit of the child. I certainly hope that this young man who is showing dangerous signs of violence is able to get the help he needs in his new surroundings.

Family law attorneys are in the middle of such difficult dilemmas every day. With whom should a child live? What is the best arrangement in terms of vacations and proximity to schools and shared time with extended family members? And, at one point is one home so dangerous, or at the very least not nurturing, that a compelled change is warranted?

If you are struggling with the family dynamics inside your home and you believe your children may be heading for a negative outcome as a result, then please contact an experienced family law attorney at Bertolino LLP. We can walk with you through your legal options and help you move forward with a concrete plan for your family.

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