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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... Read 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... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Oklahoma has no laws for runaways. My 12 year old keeps running away and is out of control. What can I do?

He has run away 9 times in less than a week. He finds people who give him money, buy him toys and even gets food.

He is completely out of control and every single day we’re dealing with the police, sometimes multiple times a day.

They take him to CIC almost every time, but as... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: What can be done legally about an out of control teenager? Truancy issues, suspected drug issues, and so forth.

He is 15 and under the impression he can come and go as he wishes without telling anyone what he is doing. I've read that you can contact the police each time he is not where he is supposed to be and then eventually file a youth in crisis in court, but I am unsure if this is applicable in my... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: POA of my 4 grandchildren. The oldest is out of control. Ditching class, not coming home, Suspected drug use, found a

girl in his room after school. His father is in prison and his mother lost her rights. However, she still tries to make contact with him, which is a whole other issue. He is 15. I'm working with the school and our church to rectify the issues. He calls me all sorts of names, no respect.... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: kid 16 yrs. refuses to come home, is constantly running away and i am getting no help from authorities options?

I have contacted police, the court house, and am getting no help. He runs away, keeps getting detained for drugs, fights my other kids and refuses to live with me or his father. I want to give him up, or emancipate him but he doesnt have a job... i need help, advice, a refferal something...

0 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: If a teen (15-16) wants to leave his parents custody to live with someone else. Will the teen have more voice?

So, a teen wants to leave his parents home to live with his girlfriend, will the teen have the decision to move or is the teen forced to stay if the parent doesn’t let go. This is a teen who has everything planned out, has many plans, and many solutions to things. Will he have to stay even if it... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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.... Read 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... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can my Guardian force me to quit my job in Oklahoma?

I'm a 17 year old which is above the legal age requirement for working in my state. But she says she can call and quit for me without my consent. Can she? Or would I have to do it since me working is legal?

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Jun 6, 2021

"Can my Guardian force me to quit my job in Oklahoma?"

Of course she can. It can be described as pretty much this simple: Parents/legal guardians make the rules, children follow those rules.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Health Care Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: How much trouble can a parent get if my counselor found out that my parents lets my underage brother and his friends

How much trouble can a parent get if my counselor found out that my parents lets my underage brother and his friends To drink and smoke and drive without a license and even buying the smokes for them

And letting them drink but don’t buy it for them

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on May 29, 2021

Big trouble.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Health Care Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: How much trouble can a 17 year old girl get from runaway from home in Oklahoma

Let say a 17 year old girl runaway from home cause her home is toxic and she can’t handle everyone around making her feel like the bad guy and that the girl has mental health issues that are being neglected or ignored

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on May 27, 2021

I see that many teenagers describe their home as toxic, not enough freedom, controlling parents, or any one of a long list of other grievances. So, that part is not uncommon.

However, if there legitimately is abuse and/or neglect and this is not just a disgruntled teenager, this should be...
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