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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: Can the police department and social services come to my house and question my 16 year old daughter

her friend ran away from foster care and they think she knows where she went. Even threatened to get me arrested if she didn't tell. Lil upset about this

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 27, 2021

They should not without an adult guardian present, no.

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 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 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 Family Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: Does cps have to show an emergency custody order to the parents and if so what happen if they dont
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 14, 2021

They should but normally they do not.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: if i turn 18 while im still in highschool can i still move out. can my mom legally stop me if i move out at 18.
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 1, 2021

You can move out at 18 and she cannot stop you.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: We live in ky. My son is 17 and plead guilty to two charges and was given 6 months probation and 120 hrs community

He was charged as a juvenile. He failed a drug test and was placed in a boys home. The djj is failing him for probation violation and asking the judge to order him to stay in the home until he is 18 1/2. I was wondering if that's possible even though he plead and charged as a juvenile I... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 25, 2021

Yes, it is possible. See my last answer. His record is not automatically expunged when he turns 18.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: We live in ky. My son is 17 and plead guilty to two charges and was given 6 months probation and 120 hrs community

Service. He was charged as a juvenile. He failed a drug test and was placed in a boys home. The djj is failing him for probation violation and asking the judge to order him to stay in the home until he is 18 1/2. I was wondering if that's possible even though he plead and charged as a... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 24, 2021

In certain circumstances when committed, the court can retain jurisdiction until they are 19.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: I turn 18 in 100 days and I have a job, if I move in with my friend with parental consent, could I get in legal trouble?

I have been metally abused by my step-mom, which my dad doesn't notice, is this possible without getting into legal trouble because I don't want my sisters to get taken out of a home that is good for them and not for me?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 22, 2021

Not if you have parental consent.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: Can my younger sister (14) come and live with my husband and I?

My sister currently lives with our mother in KY while I live in WV. Our mother is not physically abusive anymore but is still very verbally and mentally abusive. Their house is frequently covered is animal feces and vomit, no clean clothes or showers unless she comes to my house. I called CPS and... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 17, 2021

Unfortunately, no.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: How good are my odds in getting rights back and since the 2 years is over would my man be allowed back around them?

I lost custody of my two children roughly 3 years ago. There were no allegations against me however there were sexual allegations brought against the man im with. However with medical exams and such the sexual abuse was unfounded. There was criminal abuse charges brought against him for whooping... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 6, 2021

If he is still around, zero. If he is gone, 50/50.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: I’m 16, I’ll be 17 in few months. I’m trying to get away from my mother and go on my own, I looked into emancipation.

I need more information into it, such as if I take it to court what do I need to prove I can be emancipated. I work almost 40 hrs a week at my job just to pay bills for my mother, such as water bill, car insurance for all cars, electric bill sometimes ( my uncle pays it mostly) I pay for a bedroom... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 5, 2021

You’ll need to seek emancipation in the district court of the county in which you reside. Check with the district clerk and they can tell you how the judge in your county handles them.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: How long can a cps worker stay involved after court is settled?

We have an ongoing social worker, court has been taken to trail. Kids temporarily placed with only mother father now has supervised visitations and was charged with neglect. ( he was told he wasn't aloud around the kids so neglect was not his choice). Once court is settled how long can the cps... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 30, 2021

As long as they determine necessary.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: Can I get in trouble?

If my mother allows me to leave and move to a friends house, before i turn 18, and decides she wants me back home and calls me in as a runaway can i get into legal trouble??

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 30, 2021

Yes. You are a runaway.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: If i am 6 months from being 18 can i legally leave without getting in trouble?

Im being neglected, mentally, and psychologically abused by both parents and use to be physically abused by my father, what can i legally do to get away from the situation without getting my brothers removed from the home as they are not getting the same treatment? Can i leave without them being... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 23, 2021

No. Report the allegations to cps.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: Do i have to have my mother with me?

I am a pregnant 15 yo and will still be 15 when I give birth, my mom said that I have to have her in there because of my age and that my doctors don't know what they're talking about, my doctors say that technically I am emancipated in the medical part of life because of my pregnancy. I... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 13, 2021

Yes, she does. Regardless of what anyone else is telling you, you c as n only be emancipated by a court.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: My brother is 18 years old and he is dating a 14 year old the mother is ok with the relationship can he get into trouble

The grandmother of his girlfriend was ok with there relationships but now is freaking out and I'm just trying to look out for my little brother and don't want to see him go to jail

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 1, 2021

Yes. When they get mad at him, he could be charged with Unlawful Transaction with a Minor. He should be VERY careful.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: I'm am 15 and trying to get away from home, is their a way I can get emancipated in eddyville, ky?

I'm having problems at home and trying to get away but I don't have any other family to live with and I spoke with a social worker and she said only way to live with a friend is if my parent/ legal guardian would let me otherwise court won't allow it

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 1, 2021

You can always try for emancipation on your own but it is unlikely the court will allow it.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: I'm 17 and I want to move out of my dad's and live with my Aunt. Can I do that without his consent?

Would my Aunt get into trouble? could he make me go home even if he knew I was safe?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Dec 3, 2020

You cannot do that without his consent.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: My 12 year old lives with her mother in KY and its a very unhealthy environment. She's mentally abused, neglected

What can I do to get her to IN with me?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 4, 2020

File a motion for change of custody citing the neglect and abuse in the KY case.

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