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

Q: 14 and pregnant being kick out?

My friend is 14 and pregnant shes cant tell her parents because theyll kick her out like they did to her older sister a few years ago and i dont know how to help

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

A: Parents are obligated to support their children and are not allowed to unilaterally 'kick them out' without risking being charged criminally. All the 14 year old would need to do is call local law enforcement or DSS if the parents attempt to kick her out and that will put a stop to that. However, likely not without consequences. If she does that the parents and / or DSS may make life extremely unpleasant for her. One way you can help is to routinely check up on her and make sure she is OK any report any actual abuse or neglect (sometimes children confuse legitimate parenting with abuse or neglect). Of course, if the parents consent, she could go and stay somewhere else but that would not relieve the parents of their duty to support her. One last thing, you should be extremely leary of involving DSS except in an actual emergency situation. In my experience, more often than not, DSS will make the situation worse for everyone. Best of luck.

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