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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: I wasn’t able to sign my daughter’s birth certificate now her mother new boyfriend is wanting to adopt her.

I haven’t been able to see her because the mother refuses to let me come to their house or to meet me. She won’t let any of my family see her. Her Son is not her boyfriend either but he has boyfriends last name and he can’t have children. How is this legal for her to do?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 5, 2021

If the mother is not married, then she is the sole legal custodian of the child, and decides who can or can't have time with the child. It does not matter whose name is on the birth certificate. The biological father would have to prove paternity, then file with the juvenile court for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Probate for Georgia on
Q: 17 year old laws on partial parental consent to leave home

I'm 17 (living in georgia) and I have my father's consent to move out on my own, but not my mother's consent, am I still able to leave? Does it need to be unanimous, or is it ok if you only have ones permission. I've been reading up on GA law and under Georgia Code - 15-11-2 ,... Read more »

Michael David Birchmore
Michael David Birchmore answered on Mar 5, 2021

OCGA Section 15-11-2(10) states:

(10) "Child" means any individual who is:

(A) Under the age of 18 years;

(B) Under the age of 17 years when alleged to have committed a delinquent act;

(C) Between 18 and 21 years of age and receiving extended care youth...
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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Colorado on
Q: Can you ask for parental rights stripped when a parent is charged with cruelty to juvenile?

My ex husband kept my son from any contact with me for a year and a half. During which time he removed him from school telling him it was for his own good he is to stupid to be in public. He socially isolated him. Neglected to give medical treatment to him on numerous occasions. He and his wife... Read more »

Sabra M. Janko
Sabra M. Janko answered on Mar 4, 2021

You can ask for it if he has been convicted of a crime related to child abuse, however the court may grant supervised visitation instead if it determines that the supervised contact would be in the best interests of the child.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: What if I know someone who was 17 years old and never had a fitness hearing at all. They just charged him as an adult

Alleged crime happend when he was 17 and they waited until he was 18 and just threw him into adult court with no mention of him being a minor at the time of incident.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Mar 2, 2021

more info needed

s/he must discuss this with their attorney/PD asap

they will have all the info to discuss intelligently.....

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: My son is 15. I'm wanting a 50/50 agreement. Do I need to file a motion to modify custody, or just visitation?

We currently have a shared parenting agreement. I have him twice a week after school until 8 and every other weekend. We split all holidays and breaks from school. But the magistrate said she still considers it basically standard visitation, and the mother the primary guardian or custodial parent,... Read more »

Cathy Cook Esq
Cathy Cook Esq answered on Mar 2, 2021

Yes, you should file to modify parenting time. It would be best to have an attorney assist you in how best to present your arguments. You will probably want to ask the magistrate or judge to interview him on what time he’d like with you.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: My brother is 18 years old and he is dating a 14 year old the mother is ok with the relationship can he get into trouble

The grandmother of his girlfriend was ok with there relationships but now is freaking out and I'm just trying to look out for my little brother and don't want to see him go to jail

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 1, 2021

Yes. When they get mad at him, he could be charged with Unlawful Transaction with a Minor. He should be VERY careful.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: I'm am 15 and trying to get away from home, is their a way I can get emancipated in eddyville, ky?

I'm having problems at home and trying to get away but I don't have any other family to live with and I spoke with a social worker and she said only way to live with a friend is if my parent/ legal guardian would let me otherwise court won't allow it

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 1, 2021

You can always try for emancipation on your own but it is unlikely the court will allow it.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Q: Can your mom send you a trespassing notice and have you arrested if you go near her property?

My parents are separated and going through a legal divorce. After my mom cheated on my dad and moved in with her boyfriend she and her boyfriend who has a criminal record have been threatening me and my little siblings. She recently sent a trespassing notice to my family saying we could not be near... Read more »

Susan Fremit
Susan Fremit answered on Feb 28, 2021

Since your sent you a no trespassing notice and you acknowledge receipt of that notice by tearing it up and throwing it at the front door of where she lives, she can now call the police, if you go on her property, and have you charged with the criminal misdemeanor of trespassing. She can also look... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Consumer Law, Internet Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: I’m a 17yo minor. I “signed” a contract with PayPal when I was 12. I disavowed it. Their stonewalling me. What can I do?

EDIT: I signed it when I was 11

I was scammed a large amount of money for virtual goods (one of the people scammed me in BTC aswell) before I was medicated. I disavowed my contract with them, and told them that I want my money back (under “Contracts with minors 4318.02). I’m also on the... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 26, 2021

You may have a claim under various consumer protection and unfair business practice Acts. Contact a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California who deals with consumer debt issues. They give free consults.

1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability, Collections and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: Are recreational balisongs/butterfly knives legal?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 25, 2021

They should be legal as the law that banned them (dealing with switchblade knives and anything similar) was repealed.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: For example me being a 17 year old can I move in with my brother but he’s in another state
Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Feb 24, 2021

That depends - how do your brother and your parents feel about it? Your parents have control over where you live until you are 18.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Hi im 17, from Pa and my boyfriend is 22, is there any way we can get in trouble. My mom has been trying to report him?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 23, 2021

Not as I read the law--if you are over 16 it's not illegal.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for Nebraska on
Q: My kids were removed from my home 12/1/20 by CPS. I was assigned a free attorney. Should I get a paid attorney?

Is it worth my money (we are kinda poor, I'm disabled) to hire and pay for an attorney in lieu of using the free court appointed attorney? Asking because she's nice but not motivated at all, probably overworked. My caseworker has done ZERO since removing my kids. I thought I read Federal... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Feb 23, 2021

Majority of court-appointed attorneys are very good. They often handle a lot of cases so they know what the judges find persuasive. Some may have large caseloads and may struggle to give each file as much attention as they otherwise would like. Sometimes you do get better results with hiring a... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Minnesota on
Q: Can a judge or a public defender set a motion for a speedy trial without the defendant pleading innocent or guilty.

The charge is felony gun possession with ammunition possession and the accused is juvenile felon that was sealed years ago. The firearm is legally registered to another person that is legally allowed to own one, and happened to forgot in defendant vehicle but was not physically on the defendant.

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Feb 22, 2021

Generally a plea is entered at the Omnibus hearing. It is not clear what stage the case is at. This person needs a criminal defense attorney ASAP as this charge can carry heavy penalties.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: My little sister is 17, she graduates early and wants to move in with me is that possible?

We were all adopted, her adopted family is horrible. There has been many wellness checks on her from me. Many DFS calls on the family so much stress she ran away and they brought her back. She is 17 she graduates early, and would like to live with me. I've contacted so many people and they... Read more »

Spencer Williams
Spencer Williams answered on Feb 21, 2021

She can file a petition for emancipation. You can consider filing for guardianship of your sister as well.

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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Q: If attorney for state of louisiana files petition on behalf of DCFS for the termination of parental rights are parents

Suppose to be notified before any court proceedings take place and if so how should parents be notified of petition filed

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Feb 21, 2021

You should be notified by mail. If you weren't, then hire a juvenile court lawyer quickly.

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: I'm a 19 year old girl in California who wants to date a 17 year old guy in Texas. Would it be grooming or illegal?
John Karas
John Karas answered on Feb 20, 2021

I don't know what you meaning by "grooming" but it would not be a good idea. If you were to engage in any sexual activity (not merely intercourse but "petting", oral, sending each other pic's of yourselves nude, etc.) you could be charged with lewd acts with a minor,... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: I am 17 years old and I was wondering what actions my mother could take if I left home without her permission.
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Feb 19, 2021

Do you mean with regard to discipline? The state offers quite broad protections for a parent to discipline as they see fit. If you were wanting to leave the house on a permanent basis and seek emancipation, then that is different.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: I bought an iPhone and airpods with my own hard earned money. Then my dad just took it away and wont give it back.

He took it and wont give it back to me. Is he legally allowed to do that?

Cathy Cook Esq
Cathy Cook Esq answered on Feb 13, 2021

I'm sorry for your situation. Unfortunately, while you are a minor, your parents are in control. Unless your father is physically abusing you, there is nothing you can legally do.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for New Mexico on
Q: New mexico, 16 y boy, 26 y old girl, consensual relationship. His parents approve. Is she breaking the law?

Girlfriend is 9 years and 11 months older than boy. Can someone besides parents bring charges against her?

Stephen Aarons
Stephen Aarons answered on Feb 13, 2021

16 is the age of consent so she should be OK as to criminal sexual penetration. She could get charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor if she gets him alcohol or drugs however.

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