Legal Question in Family Law in Minnesota

is it legal to spank a child with a belt if there is no marks

Asked on 4/15/13, 6:35 pm

2 Answers from Attorneys

Tricia Dwyer Tricia Dwyer Esq & Assoc PLLC

Hello. If you know of someone who is "spanking" a child "with a belt" but leaving "no marks", do immediately phone your county child protection office: A child welfare worker would be on call 24 hours every day of the year to take your call. If you know a child to be in immediate or imminent danger of being "spanked" with a belt but leaving "no marks", do phone 911 RIGHT NOW.

In the event you are the person who is "spanking" a child with a belt but leaving "no marks", or, if you are considering doing this to a child, you yourself should seek professional help immediately. The appropriate professional with whom you should immediately meet would be a social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist. If you already have such mental health care, then you ought immediately to meet, too, with a parenting education professionally.

In the event you yourself or someone you know "spanked" a child with a belt leaving "no marks" and you feel regret and remorse and are worried or concerned about possible repercussions, then it is entirely appropriate and proper that you phone a private attorney right now for help and legal guidance. You or the other person involved may phone me seven days of the week regarding this matter.

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Answered on 4/16/13, 5:32 am

Maury Beaulier612.240.8005 Minnesota Lawyers

Spanking with anything other than a hand risks having child protection involvement with regard to child abuse.

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Answered on 4/16/13, 7:05 am

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