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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Juvenile Law and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can regain your parental rights after your rights have been terminated?

I had my rights terminated when my daughter was 3 now she's 15 almost 16 and is having issues in the home with her adopted parents and I was wondering if there's anything I can do get my rights back?

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answered on Feb 25, 2024

In Oklahoma, once parental rights have been terminated, the decision is generally considered final and irreversible. This means that the legal relationship between a parent and a child is permanently severed, making it extremely challenging to regain parental rights after termination. However, each... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Juvenile Law and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: What happens if a child is 5 years of age and still is not talking, or potty trained and his doctors have not found any

Any reason for him to not be talking and developing like a normal child

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answered on Jan 19, 2024

If a 5-year-old is not talking or potty trained and there is no clear medical reason, it warrants further evaluation and support. Some key points:

• Most children say their first words by 12 months and are putting 2-3 words together by age 2. By 5, they typically have a vocabulary of...
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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: How can i get the documents from when i was a minor of being a victim? I need to show proof of me being a victim
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answered on Jan 13, 2024

To obtain documents from when you were a minor to prove your victim status, follow these steps:

1. Begin by identifying the specific documents you need to demonstrate your victim status. This may include police reports, medical records, court documents, or any other evidence related to the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Juvenile Law, Small Claims and Education Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can a 13 year-old be charged for telling another 13 year-old to kill themselves if it leads to an attempt or planning?

My niece was humiliated at her school’s lunch, given a list of people who dislike her, and was told to kill herself. She then had a breakdown immediately following and the school had to send her to the hospital where she was referred to a child’s psychiatric unit in Tulsa, OK. I was told she... View More

Timothy Carignan
Timothy Carignan
answered on Nov 3, 2023

There have been cases of juveniles prosecuted for bullying a person to death. The schools will do something in their control to discipline these children, but there's a good chance they won't contact the police or Child Services in an attempt to minimize the exposure. If they don't,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: I am 17 and I have a petit larceny destruction of public property and curfew ticket what will I be charged with in court
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answered on Jul 25, 2023

The specific charges and potential consequences you might face in court for petit larceny, destruction of public property, and curfew violations in Oklahoma will depend on the circumstances of your case, your previous record, and the prosecutor's decision. Since you are a minor, your case will... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Communications Law, Juvenile Law and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can a facility deny family members from visiting juvenile in a inpatient facility without answering the question "Why?"

The facility just hangs up the phone with no explanation. The child is denied phone calls and visitation. There is no explanation. Can a facility do this?

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answered on Jul 10, 2023

Facilities typically have guidelines for visitation and phone calls, but reasonable access should generally be allowed for family members unless there are safety or legal concerns. If you're experiencing difficulties, it's advisable to contact the facility's administration or seek... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can a 16 yr old boy sleep with and have sex with a 15 yr old girl?

The parents can't do anything about it. When the issue is addressed the boy and girl cause a big argument. The girl is the one that talks the boy into how he's acting. Her parents put her on birth control because she's been having sex for awhile now with others. Her dad is in jail... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Dec 30, 2022

Under Oklahoma’s “Romeo and Juliet” law, consensual sex between two minors is not a crime as long as each individual is at least 14 years of age and younger than 18 years of age.

If the girl’s family is as dysfunctional as you describe, you might turn to the boy’s parents or...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Ok I have a question I have a child that is being lied on I have evidence of the lies being lies. Now the court is

Bringing up something over a year ago that he had done but I made him give it back to the man of the store and nothing else was said what do I do or what's going to happen they are that he is an alleged delinquent.

Tracy Tiernan
Tracy Tiernan
answered on Oct 6, 2022

Best advice is to not share specific facts on this public forum. Next I would call or consult a criminal defense attorney who handles juvenile cases to discuss your fact pattern in order to get an idea what you’re facing and what a likely outcome will be based on all of the circumstances. Best of... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: If a man goes to jail whom is now an adult can his juvenile records be brought up and used against him in court?
Tracy Tiernan
Tracy Tiernan
answered on Aug 13, 2022

The Short answer is yes, there are circumstances where a previous juvenile conviction can be utilized in District Court when someone becomes an adult (gun possession charge after have been adjudicated a delinquent). There are also circumstances where you might have the State/ City/ Federal... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Internet Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can A 14 Year Old Make A Statement On The Stand?

Hi, I was wondering if my 14 year old sister could go up to the stand and make a statement. She wants to clarify the situation since our parent(s) are completely over-dramatizing the situation (according to her) .... She feels as if it's our parents are against the defendant (19) and she... View More

Tracy Tiernan
Tracy Tiernan
answered on Jun 1, 2022

As a general rule age is usually not a bar two ones ability to testify as a witness in a courtroom as long as they have the capacity to testify truthfully and their testimony could assist the trier of fact (Jury or Judge). However, the attorneys on each side could have something to say about it. I... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Appeals / Appellate Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: My rights were terminated in NC 3 yrs ago Im now in Oklahoma can parental rights be restored, contact, anything and how

I also had another child since moving to Oklahoma and My fiancé had a case in NC we have done everything even a home study and approved fit stable loving environment Is there anything I can do I know I’m not aloud contact with them ether but my oldest Continues to reach out to me and i can’t... View More

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on May 12, 2022

If your rights were terminated and the child was adopted to another then it is very rare that you can get rights restored. There are a couple exceptions but those are extremely hard to prove and validate. As such the other parents have ultimate say over their child. Contact an adoption attorney to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: I want to get emancipated and I'm not sure of the process. How can I get emancipated without parent consent in Oklahoma?

I'm 16, I'm transgender (trans masc enby) and my parents are threatening to kick me out because of it. It's taking a toll on my mental health and I feel I would be better off living on my own as a legal adult. I want to be able to be myself, get my mental health in order, and keep a... View More

Evan Humphreys
Evan Humphreys
answered on Mar 16, 2022

I'm so sorry to hear about your situation. Emancipating is a difficult process and one that is not often used. It requires a "next friend" (an adult who will not work against your interests) to file a petition in court and give notice to your parents. The judge will decide at a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: If the custodial parent has died, do I still owe arrearges? And who do I owe them to?

After her death I received some legal papers from an attorney explaining that she had passed away and that our minor child wanted to live with his older step brother. Having had no contact or relationship with the child for 16 of his 17 years I consented to his request only to find out later that... View More

Anna L Self
Anna L Self
answered on Oct 5, 2021

If the custodial parent has died and the child is still a minor then you owe the child support arrears to the person who has guardianship over the child or if the child has received benefits from DHS due to your nonpayment of child support you may owe DHS.

If the child is now an adult and...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: I’m 17 I’ll be 18 in four months my mom always cusses me out and says I need to be responsible for my siblings.

She’s always drunk and doing dope I don’t want to be around that’s anymore she takes off and leaves us at a hotel we’ve been homeless for about four months. I don’t want to be with her anymore she’s always in my face and pushes me she say she don’t care what happens to me she took my... View More

Jessica Brown
Jessica Brown
answered on Aug 20, 2021

First, that's a lot and this is probably really heavy on you.

I'm not sure exactly what you're asking for you and what you want to do. You have a bunch of different options, but they all come with different explanations and consequences.

If your goal is for you to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can I move out of my toxic parents environment 3 months before turning 18?

The family willing to let me stay with them, would help me get my car back, get a job and help me with an apartment. And my biological family said I could leave.

Anna L Self
Anna L Self
answered on Aug 17, 2021

You could file a petition for emancipation with the court.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Is it possible to sign my rights away to my out of control 16 year old?

He runs away constantly, has wrecked cars, is using drugs and alcohol, stolen cars, and violates curfew constantly. Dropped out of school and has been inpatient 5 times over last 7 months.

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden
answered on Jul 13, 2021

Sign rights away to who?

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: If a minor raped an adult in the state of Oklahoma, is there legal action that can be taken?
Jessica Brown
Jessica Brown
answered on Jul 16, 2021

Yes - both criminally and maybe civilly.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: What should my friend do if them and their brother are threatened to get kicked out when they're under 15?

My friend is currently living with their grandmother because their mother is trying to get up and off of her feet and get them a house of their own, but their Grandmother and Grandmother's boyfriend are threatening to kick them out again, and then they'll be back on the streets again.... View More

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden
answered on Jun 15, 2021

Where are the parents?

Report abuse/neglect to DHS.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Are juveniles required to go to court for tickets or can they just pay them? It was a ticket for failure to yield w/MVA
Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jun 16, 2021

If the ticket indicates that you are required to go to court, then you are required to go to court whether or not you paid the ticket in advance. Most likely, a ticket w/MVA is a court required ticket-----what you need to do is report the MVA to your insurance company and request from your... View More

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