Mount Holly, NJ asked in Family Law and Social Security for New Jersey

Q: Can my parents kick me out at 17 if I have aspergers and they use me for income

I’m 17

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Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
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  • Millburn, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: Obviously there are serious problems / conflict in your house that needs to be addressed. I would run an internet search on family crisis intervention programs in the county where you live in to find out what mental health services are available to you to help in dealing with the fight taking place currently. Here is a link to a family crisis site for Somerset County - it will also give you links to services provided by other counties for similar type services - https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/human-services/youth-services/family-crisis-intervention-unit

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore
Answered

A: Your parents are responsible for you until you are age 18. The New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) will definitely help with your situation. Your parents will be told their responsibility and they will learn what consequences are possible for failure to help you. On their website, they define Child Abuse and Neglect as:

Abuse

Abuse is the physical, sexual or emotional harm or risk of harm to a child under the age of 18 caused by a parent or other person who acts as a caregiver for the child.

Neglect

Neglect occurs when a parent or caregiver fails to provide proper supervision for a child or adequate food, clothing, shelter, education or medical care although financially able or assisted to do so.

Being kicked out of your home is a form of neglect. You can contact DCF for help here:

1-877-652-2873

https://www.nj.gov/dcf/reporting/how/

You definitely have rights as a minor to "adequate food, clothing, shelter, education or medical care". Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. My office is several states away, so I am unable to do more.

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