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New York State Court Ruling: “OK to Spank Your Kids”

Last Wednesday, the state Appellate Division found that a father’s spanking of his son “was a reasonable use of force.” The court overruled Suffolk County Family Court’s determination that the father had abused his son “by inflicting excessive corporal punishment.” NY Family Court defines an abused child as one whose parent or other person legally responsible for their care “inflicts or allows to be inflicted upon such child physical injury by other than accidental means . . .”

Here, it was alleged that the father spanked the child with an open hand as punishment for cursing. The Appellate Division ruled that the father’s open-handed spanking of the child as a form of discipline was a reasonable use of force and did not constitute excessive corporal punishment.

Parents from all over are torn between styles of discipline to use when raising their children. Bryan L. Salamone Esq. has been an authority on such cases and if you have questions about this, please give us a call at 1.631.479.3839.

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