Lydia Seifner's answer You do not have the legal capacity to decide where you wish to live until you are 18. You may qualify for emancipation if you are able to financially support yourself, in which case you should talk to an attorney to assist you in filing for legal emancipation.
If you cannot support yourself, and your home is unsafe, then you need to contact social services so they can place you in a stable environment. If found as a runaway, before you engage with social services, you will either...
James G. Ahlberg's answer In a legal sense, no, particularly in the sense of a vehicle or other item requiring an actual title. If a minor was left property in a will it is typically held for the minor's benefit by someone appointed by the court as a guardian of their estate for that purpose, for example.
Kiele Linroth Pace's answer Anyone can get in trouble for anything. A more important question is can you get OUT of trouble. In this situation it sounds like you may have justifications for self defense in Penal Code 9.31 and possibly also discipline of a child under PC 9.61 (if her parents wanted you to look after her.)
If you are arrested, getting yourself out of trouble may be time-consuming and expensive... but it sounds like you've got a fact pattern that a skilled criminal defense attorney could use as...
P. Justin Thrailkill's answer You can trust the public defender. I will tell you that you aren't the first I've heard make those allegations against DeKalb DFCS. Right or wrong, you will have the opportunity to address these allegations in court. Take advantage of the ability to have a public defender. If you are unhappy with their services, contact private counsel to take over.
Joanne Reisman's answer There isn't an easy answer that someone can give you on the internet after just reading a short statement. On the one hand, if you have proof of ownership you might still have rights. On the other hand if you abandoned your dog that might amount to animal neglect and your family or your CPS worker giving your dog to someone who could care for the dog was actually doing you a big favor. You also have to think of the dog. The dog has the right to have a stable home with consistent care and...
Homer P Jordan IV's answer I'm sorry you are going through this, as it sounds like a difficult time. I'm not sure what you mean about them treating you differently. You could discuss this issue with them, or with an attorney who can review the facts in detail and present you with options. Your child missed school due to his/her depression or your depression? There are unanswered questions here. -Homer P. Jordan IV, Esq. 404-620-1558 HomerJordan.com
Denise Martinez-Scanziani's answer You've posted this question for a Florida lawyer, but it seems that you should ask a lawyer licensed to practice in AL. If that is where the child is, that is the state who will have jurisdiction over your daughter.
Anthony Marvin Avery's answer Terminating a Parent's Rights is always difficult. The Couple can file a Petition for Adoption which must be served on the Mother as it is attempting to terminate her rights. The Couple must also be fit and proper Parents as they will be scrutinized also by various Parties, Agencies, etc. If successful, the Father will no longer receive Child Support.
Doak Willis' answer You are an adult at age 18. Anything you purchased with your own money is your property no matter where you live. Even if your parents gave you money as a gift or you earned it, anything you purchase with those proceeds is your property.
Kathryn Hilbush's answer Boy, that's not a good idea on so many levels. However, based on a quick Google search, it seems that PA has no minimum age limit for getting a tattoo as long as a parent or legal guardian is present and grants permission. If you share legal custody of the child, the mother may have violated that aspect of the order but, honestly, I don't know what the court would do about it other than chastise her.
Amanda Bowden Houser's answer Yes, they can - especially if the child is school age. They will just roll up in there without you present and question away - all with the likely gleeful help of the child's teacher and principal. If you are smart and have instructed the child not to speak to people. They will essentially use terror interrogation to attempt to scare the child into talking - all quite a disgusting practice in my opinion. It is critical that you explain to the child not to say anything under any...
Lydia Seifner's answer If you leave home before you are 18, your parents could call the police and report you as a runaway. Once found you could end up in juvenile detention. You can become legally emancipated if you can financially support yourself. However, if you cannot obtain permission to leave home, and you cannot financially support yourself, then you are going to have to wait it out until you are a little older.
Matthew Williams' answer If they were charged, which is far from a certainty, they could face felony charges for making and distributing child pornography, which would expose them to discretionary transfer to adult court (unlikely but possible) and years in prison. It’s far more likely they would given a probationary sentence in juvenile court particularly if the case is competently handled by an attorney. If there’s any chance they may be charged, they should have lawyers and should not talk to anyone about this...
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