Lexington, NC asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for North Carolina

Q: My 16 yr old girlfriend pregnant lives with abusive legal guardian, can she legally runaway to protect the baby?

I am 17 yrs old and she is 16 yrs old. I got her pregnant and she is afraid to tell her legal guardian because of her previous abusive history she has done to my girlfriend. She has a place to go if she runaways but she doesn't want to go back to that abusive "home." Also, the guardian makes my girlfriend feel depressed by saying things like "I wish you were never born. I wish you would just kill yourself already."

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Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Jacksonville, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: She can't legally run away but there are things she can do. If she is being abused she can pick up a phone and call DSS or law enforcement.

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