When I spoke to the sheriffs, they told me they would provide a “public attorney” since I do not have the funds for one and it’s been a week and ever since all I get are advertisements in the mail but not the one that has been told to me… so my question is when or how will I get in contact... Read more »
As a former judge and attorney of nearly forty years, my suggestion is that you actively pursue any appointed attorney or public defender so that you can keep yourself informed as to the status of your case…Nothing is worse than waiting for the day of court to find things out…This also applies...Read more »
I don’t want to go to jail and I have a son to support and a in the middle of a divorce. I’ve gotten out of a toxic relationship and dealt with abuse growing up and the father is not taking any responsibility for child, the wrong I’ve done is that I took some redbull and used giftcards to... Read more »
Hold on there... DO NOT EVEN THINK OF ending your life over something like this. Only a Florida attorney who practices criminal defense should advise here. But your question was alarming in its nature. You're gonna get through this. Hopefully a Florida attorney knowledgeable in criminal...Read more »
My 17-year-old daughter was staying with her father even though I am primary parent in our custody arrangement. Her father is now in jail and she has been staying with her sister. I have made it very clear from day 1 to both of my daughters that I am not ok with this and I want her to come home.... Read more »
You have the parental rights to do what you need to do to get her back home. This, unfortunately, is where the law and reality clash. You most likely will not even get into court before your daughter turns eighteen. Perhaps you can work with her and her sister in terms of advising that you are...Read more »
It is not entirely clear what your question is. There are certain laws in Florida that govern the parent child relationship when a child is born out of wedlock. You may want to schedule a time to speak with a qualified family law attorney to discuss what your options are under these particular...Read more »
My sister sent my nephew down here to live with me because he was trying drugs, not doing well in school and coming/going from the house whenever he wanted. At first he was doing so well down here...said it was toxic in NYC and he appreciated the calmer environment. However, now he misses his... Read more »
Are his parents coming to Florida to find him and/or pick him up? They should consider take responsibility for him and should report him as a runaway. Do you know where he is? You may want to consider speaking with an attorney and moving forward in terms of reporting him as a runaway and/or to...Read more »
If the children have been out of Florida for less than six months, you would sue in Florida for custody. It is unclear what in-laws took them to Tennessee and are trying to adopt them; the parents of the children's other parent?
My mom was really abusive to me and my sister. We are adopted and we are about a year and a half apart and me and her can share memories on when mom would kick and punch and slap us and hit our heads against a wall and she almost drowned my sister one time. When i was 16 i started running away... Read more »
My boyfriend is 17 and his parents don’t like him they continue to find ways and reasons to threaten him, kick him out, or call the police. He is still a minor and has been supporting them by paying bills since he could make money. he rarely actually does anything wrong. None of what he does is... Read more »
Unless he has been emancipated by a court of law your boyfriend's parents are legally responsible for him, and can impose whatever "house rules" they desire. However, they may NOT "kick him out" until he is 18. They are also wasting there breath threating to "call the...Read more »
I’m afraid for the safety of all children in the home while parents are away every weekend and coming home drunk. One of the children being looked after is handicapped. On occasion they can leave all of them home alone without adult supervision for up to 12 hours.
I am 16, financially stable with the current job I am working and can support myself. I want to move out not due to abuse or anything just to be able to have responsibilities, my mother says she wouldn’t be mad about it but she will have to file a missing report with the police so she wouldn’t... Read more »
Whoa. Both you and your mother are asking for big time trouble if you go down that path. Your mother would be committing a criminal act (intentionally filing a false report) and you would probably end up in a juvenile protection facility (nice sounding name for jail).
My son is 16 years old and lived with me for 4 years before moving back to his mother's in June 2019. His mother cut communication off between us in April.He was arrested in August and is due to be released from JDC next week. He has stated that he was homeless for two months after leaving his... Read more »
Your son is a juvenile and cannot be allowed to roam the streets of Florida alone. If neither parent will step up and take full responsibility for your son, then he becomes what they call "a lockout." Once that happens the State of Florida, Department of Children & Families will take...Read more »
She is on probation and has been leaving the home to go to the home of where this grandfather is the adult. Her probation officer said it was fine for her to move in there. We have already called a family lawyer to find out we can’t file for emancipation, because she is three months from her 18th... Read more »
Im 17 and i will still be in school with a few months left when i turn 18 before i graduate. However i don't wish to continue living under the oppression environment in my home and running away didn't work even though i was 17 with 6 months left before being the age of majority and i was... Read more »
Although I strongly advise you not to do it, Florida law will not prevent you from leaving home AFTER you turn 18 years old. Warning: that does not mean 17 years, 11 months; it means 18. (Being in school has nothing to do with it.)
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