Paula Patton Accuses Robin Thicke of Child Abuse.
Having litigated custody cases for over 20 years, I have some thoughts on nasty custody disputes.
Here is my 5-second clip on Inside Edition.
Is it legal to spank your child?
In very general terms, yes, spanking is legal in California, if done for the purpose of discipline and is not excessive or unreasonable.
Under California law, “a parent has a right to reasonably discipline his or her child.”
For that punishment to be reasonable, it must be: (1) genuinely disciplinary; (2) warranted by the circumstances; and (3) not excessive in amount.
Is spanking child abuse?
Yes, if it falls under the conduct proscribed in California Penal Code 273d:(a) Any person who willfully inflicts upon a child any cruel or inhuman corporal punishment or an injury resulting in a traumatic condition is guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 for two, four, or six years, or in a county jail for not more than one year, by a fine of up to six thousand dollars ($6,000), or by both that imprisonment and fine.
Child Abuse Can Be Misdemeamor or Felony
If misdemeamor, punishment could be $6,000 fine or up to 1 year in jail.
If felony, punishment could be 2, 4, or 6 years in jail or $6,000 fine.