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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.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: Can I stay with a friend legally, while I'm trying to get myself emancipated.

I'm 16 and I'm currently trying to get myself emancipated without my dad's knowledge. My parents are divorced and my mom has agreed to give up her rights, but my dad is trying to keep us trapped here. He is a very unfit parent and let's his girlfriend control everything and they bully us constantly.

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Jun 10, 2021

To be eligible for emancipation in Missouri, you need to be able to support yourself financially and have a place of your own. That doesn't mean you cannot have roommates or live elsewhere, but you would have to show the court that you would be able to afford a home and have an income, etc.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: I am wanting to file a petition for emancipation but I do not know where to start or even how to start.

My home life environment is not the most stable and I pay the rent and buy groceries while paying for my own phone service and needs. I have a job and make decent money at my job. I have been threated by my stepdad and have told my school and the cops when they were called on me when I tried to... Read more »

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Apr 1, 2021

You would need to make sure that you have a place of your own to start. Parental consent to your emancipation helps, but it's not necessary.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: My little sister is 17, she graduates early and wants to move in with me is that possible?

We were all adopted, her adopted family is horrible. There has been many wellness checks on her from me. Many DFS calls on the family so much stress she ran away and they brought her back. She is 17 she graduates early, and would like to live with me. I've contacted so many people and they... Read more »

Spencer Williams
Spencer Williams answered on Feb 21, 2021

She can file a petition for emancipation. You can consider filing for guardianship of your sister as well.

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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: I am 17 years old and I was wondering what actions my mother could take if I left home without her permission.
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Feb 19, 2021

Do you mean with regard to discipline? The state offers quite broad protections for a parent to discipline as they see fit. If you were wanting to leave the house on a permanent basis and seek emancipation, then that is different.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Family Law, Juvenile Law and Libel & Slander for Missouri on
Q: What should be included in a written submission to the child abuse and neglect review board to defend against false all?

How do I refute/overturn a preponderance of evidence that supports finding of neglect?

Shall I go about disproving what was recorded in their wildy false and egregious reports?

Or is there a specific rubric or factors that determine their decision?

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Jan 27, 2021

In order to better advise you on your situation, I would need to know more information about the specifics of your case. I'd highly recommend retaining an experienced family law attorney for the matter.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: My son is being accused of touching inappropriately his cousin, this supposedly happened 10-11 yrs ago at 10&14 yrs old
Steve D. Hardin
Steve D. Hardin answered on Sep 3, 2020

Your son needs to speak to a criminal defense attorney immediately. He should not speak to anyone other than his attorney or one that he is seeking to hire about this. Anything he says to anyone else may be used against him.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: Im 15yr,& i left school without my parents permission for 2 hrs for my bsf funeral, i came back can they send me to BCA?

It was maybe 2 hrs but i came back to school

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Nov 4, 2019

I'm not sure what BCA is supposed to be, but your parents are allowed to discipline you for leaving school without their permission if they so choose.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: I'm seventeen years old and I was adopted by my grandparents but I want to move in with my mom can I do that?
Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Jul 9, 2019

If your grandparents give you permission to move then you may, otherwise you will have to wait until you are eighteen.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: What can be done for a 16 year old seeking emancipation? There is a possibility of emotional and mental abuse involved.

Currently a runaway.

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Apr 22, 2019

You do not have the legal capacity to decide where you wish to live until you are 18. You may qualify for emancipation if you are able to financially support yourself, in which case you should talk to an attorney to assist you in filing for legal emancipation.

If you cannot support...
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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: Can police officers stop my 15 year old son's while walking home from school and start questioning them ?

They stopped them and another boy and were asking them all kinds of questions and accusing them of them of breaking into buildings and doing drugs. I was not notified nor was I present when the officers did this.

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Apr 14, 2019

yes

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: How can a woman that was married to a man for 8.5 years, marry again and give child first husbands last name?
Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Mar 28, 2019

As long as you and the child's father are in agreement, you can give your child whatever name you want.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: Im 17 years old i live in missouri. What would happen or whT could my parents do if i leave home?
Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Mar 24, 2019

If you leave home before you are 18, your parents could call the police and report you as a runaway. Once found you could end up in juvenile detention. You can become legally emancipated if you can financially support yourself. However, if you cannot obtain permission to leave home, and you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: What rights do I have as a condo owner to select the kind of replacement windows that I want?

The HOA Board wants to select the type of replacement window for our condo, and bill us later. Don't we have any rights in the choice of windows, since these are limited common elements?

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Mar 5, 2019

Your condo association’s declaration and rules & regulations control. Read them carefully.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: How does my baby's biological dad voluntarily sign over his rights? And can my boyfriend adopt my baby?

I live in Missouri. My baby's biological father left me after I found out I was pregnant and has a new girlfriend. We were only together a few weeks. My baby is 5 months old and at his request we did a paternity test. He has still not met his baby or paid child support and Now he is wanting to... Read more »

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Sep 20, 2018

The only way to terminate a biological parents are with an adoption. However, unless there is a court order regarding custody, an unwed father does not have any rights to his children, so if you want to merely keep the child away from him, you do not have to do anything; so long as he does not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: I’m 17 and my fiancé is just now 22. Can we get married?

We’re getting married in February. We have parental consent. I just wanna make sure it’s okay.

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Sep 17, 2018

If you have parental consent, then you may marry at 17.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: Can a 17 year old be legally engaged with a 22 year old?
Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Sep 10, 2018

They can be engaged, but without consent from a guardian, they will need to hold off on getting married until the younger party turns 18.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: When is the legal age to move out of parents home in missouri

Not liking living situation and would like to do better

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Aug 13, 2018

A child may move out of his or her parents home when he or she reaches eighteen or becomes emancipated.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: I am turning sixteen in a few weeks and i would like to know the soonest i can move out of my parents house
Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Aug 13, 2018

You can move out without their permission when you are eighteen. Otherwise you will need to become emancipated or have someone else file for guardianship over you.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: Are there any Lawyers interested in a case that just has to be presented? Two years researched. ProBono. Mid Missouri

This case would go to the Supreme Court. It is newsworthy. Civil rights violations. Statues ignored. Policies and procedures not followed. False documents presented to the court. This needs to be brought to the media's attention. Background in Family Law would be a plus. It is a very long... Read more »

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Jun 25, 2018

There are approximately 80 cases a year which are argued in the Supreme Court. About another 100 cases are resolved without argument.

There are about 7,000 to 8,000 cases a year filed with the Supreme Court. The likelihood of getting a case to the Supreme Court is about 1%.

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