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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: I want to get emancipated. I live in Ohio i am 16 but I have questions to see if I have a chance.
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Aug 17, 2020

A minor cannot be emancipated in Ohio. It is normal for there to be friction between teens and their parents. Talk to your parents, other family members, a teacher, or other trusted adult if there are problems. Here is a link to more information about emancipation in Ohio:... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Can i take a 14 year old to court for hurting me?

I babysit for my friends mom, the 14 year old threw a tennis ball at my face and busted my lip while making area of impact and lower left face numb. Can i take him to court, i have a witness to this as well.

Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Aug 13, 2020

Parents are usually responsible for the actions of minor children, so you'd likely want to sue the parents as well.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: What are my options to get away from home before 18, I'll be 17 soon. Can I possibly get my own place?

I'm 17 in 2 months. Neither of my parents want me at their house but are keeping me out of obligation. My mom recently threatened to send me to boot camp. I don't do everything perfect and I do mess up a lot. But all of my major accomplishments, I did it by myself and I know I would be... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Aug 3, 2020

Your parents have a legal obligation to support you until you are 18. Ohio does not allow emancipation for your situation. Teens and parents often find it difficult to live together. So talk to your parents, a teacher, coach, school counselor, pastor, or other trusted adult who can review your... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: What is the process of getting emancipated if petitioning to the court isn’t an option?

I have been having major issues with my adoptive family for as long as I can remember and I am finally at the point where I can’t take any more. My 16th birthday is approaching soon and I have a stable job with a great income and I am trying to go about emancipation so that I can move on from the... Read more »

Cathy Cook Esq
Cathy Cook Esq answered on Aug 2, 2020

I am sorry to hear about your situation. I am also sorry to tell you that, in Ohio, there is no ability for a minor to emancipate herself.

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Is it possible to get emancipated being on probation just turning 17?

I’m bouta turn 17 and want to get my own apartment but I’m on probation..would this be possible at all?? I can show that I can financially take care of myself.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 27, 2020

Ohio does not allow emancipation for your situation. A landlord is unlikely to rent to a minor, since the lease would be unenforceable against you. More information at this link:... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: A friend of mine has legal custody of her 3 nieces and nephews. If they are still in High School when they turn 18

can she stop them from moving out?

Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss answered on Jul 21, 2020

No. They are adults at that time.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: I’m 18 Can I move out Of my parents house while on truency as long as I show up for my court date?

I’m a Findlay High School Student,and I have some questions about the diversion program. I just recently turned 18 years of age and was wondering what’s the law’s on me leaving home while still under this program and in school? I’m planning on moving across the United state’s too finish... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 1, 2020

Talk to a teacher or school counselor about your situation. They can advise you of what can happen.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: I'm 17 but turning 18 this December my boyfriend is 18 and my mother wants to put a restraining order on him. I wanted

To know if she can do that. Or if I can remove the order when I turn 18

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 25, 2020

Yes, parents can take actions to restrict others from having contact with their children. Whether an order can be lifted when you are a 18, depends on what the order says.

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: I'm 17 and have an eating disorder. Can I legally refuse treatment? If not, can I refuse when I turn 18?

My parents have threatened to get a guardianship if I relapse again. Can I refuse treatment at 17 if I'm in a guardianship? What if I'm 18 and in a guardianship?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 24, 2020

Parents make decisions for a minor, including medical treatments. They decisions can be enforced by a court. At age 18, if the court appoints a guardian, then the guardian makes those decisions, and the court can enforce them. If you overcome the disorder through successful treatment programs to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: If you are severed court papers but it has the wrong name do they have to drop it ?

My son is being charged as a delinquent minor, he was at my sisters house drinking, the law was called because my sister and her husband was fighting, my son wasn’t violent at all or unruly other than drinking! When we got the court papers they filed charges under the arresting officers name and... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jun 19, 2020

You’re almost certainly looking at a complaint signed by the officer. You should get a lawyer for your kid.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Juvenile Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: In Ohio with my parent's permission is it possible for me to move into an apartment at 16 & have my dad sign the lease?

Basically with the situation I am now has made me start to look at apartments. When I get my car, I would like to move into an apartment by myself and have my father or mother sign the lease. Is it possible for me to do so legally?

Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Jun 9, 2020

The landlord will likely want a parent as a guarantor on the lease. Because you're a minor, you cannot legally enter into binding contracts, and without a parent/adult also on the lease as the responsible party, a landlord is unlikely to rent to a minor. A landlord may also be hesitant to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: My 15 year old niece has been staying with me for two months and wants to move in with me, she is from Michigan.

Her home life with my sister in Michigan is not very good but my sister doesnt want her to live in Ohio with me. What can I do?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 4, 2020

Her parents make the decisions. You and your niece must follow them.

You can get in trouble if you don't. If there is some kind of physical abuse, then then should be reported in Michigan.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: My son is 17 and will be 18 in 4 months, he wants to move out. If I give him permission to move out is that allowed?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 1, 2020

Until he is 18, he cannot enter into legally enforceable contracts, like a lease, and parents are legally responsible for financial support until 18. If you give him permission to move out before 18, and he gets into trouble or causes damage, you could have some liability.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: What are possible consequences for a teen with their first charge and it be a domestic violence charge?

No one was really injured other than I was bit and she got a scratch.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on May 20, 2020

A standard DV is an M1, up to 180 days, a record, cannot be sealed. If there was serious injury or a pregnancy, the level and penalties are enhanced. It’s a serious charge. The defendant should get a lawyer ASAP.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Does my situation let me be emancipated?

I turn 16 next month. I have been removed from my biological mother's custody several time. Now, I live with my aunt and I am labeled as a foster child. I have also had a violent altercation with my aunt's girlfriend.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 19, 2020

Ohio does not have emancipation for your situation. See this link:

https://www.ohiobar.org/public-resources/commonly-asked-law-questions-results/family-relations/circumstances-say-whether-minors-are-emancipated/

Talk to another family member, a teacher, school counselor, or another...
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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: I'm 17 and I got a speeding ticket and my court date is soon, does the officer have to be present for this?

Or does he only have to be present if I choose to fight the ticket

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 11, 2020

Officers typically attend the hearing to testify about the facts. That is your opportunity to dispute the facts. The judge or magistrate will decide. If you pay the ticket before the hearing, the hearing will be cancelled. Call the court with questions on the process it follows. Your parent or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Hello, my friend is 16 and has a very abusive father and his mom is on drugs. I am 20 years old and want to take him in.

Is there any legal way about somehow getting custody of my friend because he is like my little brother and I wanna see him in a better Situation and I wanna be there for him but I don’t wanna see him in foster care.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 6, 2020

Talk to his parents to find out if they would agree to that, and then talk to children's services about it.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: i am turning 16 at the end of this month and want to get emancipated because i live in a toxic environment what do i do?

i want to get a job to move out but my mom won’t let me she made me sign up for disability instead so she can get more money each month. i need out but i don’t want to end up in foster care for trying to get out of the situation , what are my options? my whole life i’ve been homeless off and... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 5, 2020

Ohio does not permit emancipation for your situation. See this link:

https://www.ohiobar.org/public-resources/commonly-asked-law-questions-results/family-relations/circumstances-say-whether-minors-are-emancipated/

Anyone under 18 is a minor, and cannot enter legally enforceable...
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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Can I get emancipated at 16? Is there any possible way?
Cathy Cook Esq
Cathy Cook Esq answered on Apr 14, 2020

Sorry, but we don’t have this in Ohio. If you are trying to get out of your parents’ home, the only way is to be removed by the state due to abuse or neglect.

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