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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Q: At 18, can I legally move out of both my parents' homes despite still attending school?

I would be moving in with my girlfriend and her parents (with their consent). I wanted to know if my parents would still have any legal authority over me.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jul 14, 2021

At 18 you can live where ever you like.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Is it possible to sign my rights away to my out of control 16 year old?

He runs away constantly, has wrecked cars, is using drugs and alcohol, stolen cars, and violates curfew constantly. Dropped out of school and has been inpatient 5 times over last 7 months.

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Jul 13, 2021

Sign rights away to who?

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Divorce, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: Hello, I’ve been losing sleep and having stress about courtday. It’s my first time getting a misdemeanor (812.015)

I don’t want to go to jail and I have a son to support and a in the middle of a divorce. I’ve gotten out of a toxic relationship and dealt with abuse growing up and the father is not taking any responsibility for child, the wrong I’ve done is that I took some redbull and used giftcards to... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 13, 2021

Hold on there... DO NOT EVEN THINK OF ending your life over something like this. Only a Florida attorney who practices criminal defense should advise here. But your question was alarming in its nature. You're gonna get through this. Hopefully a Florida attorney knowledgeable in criminal... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: I'm 17 and I'm turning 18 in three months. Can I legal move out of the home now without getting into trouble?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 11, 2021

Not unless your parents approve it.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Social Security for Arizona on
Q: If I’m 17 and in Arizona and I run away to Chicago can my parents do anything about it?

Which state’s laws have the most jurisdiction in this situation? I know that in Illinois if a 17 year old voluntarily runs away the police will not force them home because It was voluntary, does that apply to this Scenario?

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore answered on Jul 8, 2021

I am not an Arizona attorney. However, your question raises issues that you will need to consider for your personal safety and survival. It will take you a couple minutes to read, but it may save your life.

1- Be absolutely sure you need to leave home now. If your parents are causing you...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: Need help with appeal process

Three years ago my daughter was in abusive relationship her bf wouldn't let me take the baby and my daughter would steal from Walmart to support her daughter cause the baby father was addicted to pills and would abusive to her. Well she got caught twice put on probation and went to jail for... Read more »

Kedra M Gotel
Kedra M Gotel answered on Jul 7, 2021

Your daughter doesn't have an appeal appealable issue. She simply needs to revoke/terminate/end the guardianship in a signed writing. The Division of Family and Children Services did not initiate a petition of protection nor did they seek termination of your daughter's parental rights.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: My friend is 17 and has her own little one and wants out of her parents house is she aloud
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 6, 2021

Until a person is 18, the person is a minor, and is the responsibility of the person's parents. The parents make the decisions. Having a baby does not change that. After turning 18, the parents no longer have responsibility, and if the parents decide to stop support, the person must arrange... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Q: I have a 16 year old that was caught shoplifting with a friend at Walmart. It was under $500. Is school notified?

She is on cheer squad and is afraid of getting kicked off and realizes how stupid it all was.

Should I hire a lawyer? She has never been in any kind of trouble before?

Cayley Turrin
Cayley Turrin answered on Jul 4, 2021

It is always best to hire a lawyer. They shouldn't notify the school but sometimes it does get out.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: Can my 17 y/o daughter live with her sister without my consent? I have asked her to come home to both of them

My 17-year-old daughter was staying with her father even though I am primary parent in our custody arrangement. Her father is now in jail and she has been staying with her sister. I have made it very clear from day 1 to both of my daughters that I am not ok with this and I want her to come home.... Read more »

Tami Lane Augen
Tami Lane Augen answered on Jul 4, 2021

You have the parental rights to do what you need to do to get her back home. This, unfortunately, is where the law and reality clash. You most likely will not even get into court before your daughter turns eighteen. Perhaps you can work with her and her sister in terms of advising that you are... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: I live in Benton ky and my 14 year old son won't stop sneaking out at night leaving and doing drugs. What do I do
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 26, 2021

Fill out a juvenile beyond control petition.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can I go anywhere at the age of 17 without parents permission and as long as I come back home, is it okay?

Say I want to go to a friends house, or a party and I have no permission but I’m 17 and I’m coming back home the same day Would I get in legal trouble…?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jun 25, 2021

You are a minor for another year and you can end up as a delinquent or your over 18 friends can be arrested for harboring you.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: My son was adopted at a young age.Now hes turning 17 and wants to see me and talk to me but adopted parents say no.

Ive sent msg and tried to keep in contact all these years. He also wants to meet his 5yr old brother who i have...is there anything we can do?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 24, 2021

Not until you turn 18. After that, you can freely contact them and communicate with them!

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Gov & Administrative Law and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: Can a minor be placed on a national watchlist? Or any watchlist in general?

N/A

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 23, 2021

You say "any watchlist"-- a minor can be a person of interest to criminal justice agencies.

A minor could be on a no fly list.

If you are concerned that you are, you would want to avoid social media of any type, limit emails, and consult with a criminal defense attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: Can u leave at 18 if ur parents mis treats me and neglect me in Alabama?
Michael D. Birchmore
Michael D. Birchmore answered on Jun 23, 2021

You mis-posted your question as being one dealing with GA law. Still, your question is one that any attorney anywhere could answer. A person who has reached the age of 18 is NO longer a child. That person would be an ADULT. An adult can move, live, etc. wherever they choose to live. No... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: My child is 17 and out of control she bought a car without my permission she has no license what are my options

She doesn't fully know how to drive no one is willing to put the car in their name out of fear of the title being illegal so she is driving with no tags no plates nothing

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 23, 2021

She is a minor. If an uninsured minor has an accident, the parent could be financially responsible or found negligent if she injures someone. A car won't start without a battery, and won't go anywhere if none of the tires has air. Talk to a school counselor who might have suggestions... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for New Jersey on
Q: My son is 12 and my daughter was 5 at the time if found guilty or plea guilty is jail time mandatory?

My son was the one did this he has 2 changes 2c:14-2b and 2c244a1

Amber Forrester
Amber Forrester answered on Jun 22, 2021

The offenses you’ve cited are 2nd and 3rd degree, respectively, and in juvenile court a 2nd degree carries as much as 3 years of incarceration and a 3rd degree carries as much as 2 years of incarceration. Because of his age, he will not be waived to adult court despite how serious the charges... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Need advice on what legal recourse I have when it comes to my unruly son?

I'm at my wits end. He won't listen to me or his dad. He has been truant from school most of the past school year. He has run away and continues to threaten to run away even after the cops found and brought him home. What do I do?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jun 21, 2021

This is not a legal question. I would suggest you get family counseling. These sorts of behavioral issues are better addressed by psychologists and psychiatrists than by lawyers.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: My boyfriend is trying to kick me out of his apartment and telling me that I can't take our daughter with me
Tami Lane Augen
Tami Lane Augen answered on Jun 17, 2021

It is not entirely clear what your question is. There are certain laws in Florida that govern the parent child relationship when a child is born out of wedlock. You may want to schedule a time to speak with a qualified family law attorney to discuss what your options are under these particular... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Banking and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: My 12yrs daughter ran away from home in Ohio. She stole 120K dollars from my PayPal, she is in a different state.

My 12yrs daughter ran away from home in Ohio. She stole 120K dollars from my PayPal, she is in a different state. We have no idea where she is. If she comes back, which charges can I push against her? And how long is the statute of limitation before we can no longer push charges?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 16, 2021

12 years old? You need to be talking to the police. If she is found, they will investigate what happened to the money. The prosecutor would determine charges - but as a juvenile.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: Can my 17 year old move out with out permission with no stable place to go
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Jun 16, 2021

In Missouri, those children of the age of 17 are not considered runaways. Although what you've described may not be safe for the child, there is not much that can be done when a 17-year-old moves out of the home.

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