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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on

Q: Is there a legal age for a child to be home alone and in the care of a younger sibling?

Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Jun 7, 2019

It really depends on the maturity of the child (and the sibling) and any special needs of the sibling. Usually 12-14 has been acceptable in past situations, depending on the circumstances.

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1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law, Juvenile Law and Securities Law for Louisiana on

Q: A girl has been harassing me for Months. It’s Feb.28,2019. Can I wait until she turns 18 in April to press charges?

She’s been harassing me through several things. Text, social media’s, and after I blocked her from everything she ask people to rely a message to me. She constantly circles where I’m at in town and I can’t make her leave me alone. I wanna press charges, but there’s no point If they... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Feb 28, 2019

She can be charged with a crime as a juvenile.

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Q: Cruelty to a juvenile can my husband get his son

His mom is beating him and I want some type of rights to take care of my son

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Feb 8, 2019

A father can seek custody if the mother is beating the child. Just hire a custody lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on

Q: I’m 20, if I hit a 16yo who hits me first, could I get in trouble?

A 16yo wants to fight me. I’ve repeatedly told her I am not putting my hands on her bc of the law. But if for some reason I have no choice & she hits me first in a public place, how much trouble could I get in?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Dec 10, 2018

Don't do it.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Federal Crimes, Internet Law and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on

Q: How can I help them?

Hi, my little sister is 14 and she sent a video of herself being being sexual to two of her male classmates on a app called Snapchat. One of the boys recorded her from another phone and his mother found it. Now she wants to discuss the matter with my mother since the boy sent it around school. If... Read more »

Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Oct 12, 2018

There may be implications from both a criminal and child protection standpoint. I'd certainly recommend that your mother contact an attorney who is familiar with both criminal and family law matters.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Criminal Law, Education Law and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on

Q: Do doctors excused absences fall under punishable offence with truancy?

My son is in kindergarten and has missed 9 days 6 of which were doctor excused noted and documents were sent to scool. With that being said can I the father still be turned in for truancy?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Oct 3, 2018

No not truancy. But make a copy of each doctor's note before you give it to the school.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on

Q: Can a undertutor challenge a tutorship based on tutor not allowing phone calls?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Aug 23, 2018

Need more information.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on

Q: How do I get guardianship over a minor child?

My almost 17 year old not legally adopted son of mine's step mother called and asked if he could come live with me due to circumstances between him and his father. I want full legal guardianship of him so that I can enroll him in school, take him to Dr. appointments, etc. What steps or forms do I... Read more »

Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Aug 6, 2018

It looks like you're in Missouri. You asked this in a forum for Louisiana.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on

Q: My sister in law is in juvinile drug court . She's pregnant . A couple weeks ago she was sent to green oaks because her

Levels where 30 in GO her levels would drop and go back up . She tested a few days ago and her levels where 18 so she wnt back to green oaks. Why would her levels be going up and down . She's has done everything her case worker asked of her she completed her hiset and signed up for drivers ed and... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jun 16, 2018

Her levels are either going up and down because she's abusing or because of an organic reason. If it's organic, she needs an attorney and a medical expert to testify or that baby will be take by CPS.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on

Q: What are the step parents rights and what can I do to change my custody to me? .

I found out recently the my kids dad and stepmom have been lying to my kids since december 2011 by claiming to them that I abandoned them after they moved in with their dad. The dad allowed the stepmom to be shown as the parental guardian instead of me on medical records, doctors appointment,... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 7, 2018

You need to hire a family law attorney to establish a custody/visitation schedule and perhaps contempt for involving the children in adult matters. Step parents have no rights unless they adopt.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on

Q: Can a 18 year old boy who is living with a 15 year old girl be granted guardianship by the parent who has left the home.

The boy works for us and states he and 15 year old are in committed relationship

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 3, 2018

No. If involved intimately with 15 year old he cannot be granted custody. We don't have guardianship in Louisiana.

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Q: Can a person be put on probation while never being arrested nor charged with committing a crime?

If that person was put on probation without that happening how valid is the probation violation, if charged with one under that senario? Am I wrong for believing that you have to be arrested and charged with a crime to be placed on probation?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Mar 29, 2018

You have to have been charged or plead to be on probation. If not, someone had your record confused with someone else.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on

Q: If I am 16 and fight someone who is 14. (Not on their property) can I get charged with anything?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Mar 27, 2018

Yes, battery. Behave yourself and read a book.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on

Q: Is it illegal if I am 16 and my girlfriend is 19? Even if we are not in a sexual relationship? We kiss but that's it.

Can my girlfriend get in trouble.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Mar 20, 2018

You are both fine. Use protection if you start doing more. Wait until you are 17.

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Q: Is it illegal for a 18 year old girl to date a 15 year old boy?

When i turn 18 my boyfriend will be 15 but will turn 16 withen the next 6 months. We are 2 years, 6 months, 7 days apart.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Mar 7, 2018

No but sexting is a felony.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights, Education Law and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on

Q: I'm 16 y.o and I was wondering is it legal for my parents decide for me if I can go to public school or not?

They keep pushing the idea of me getting a G.E.D, which isn't fair to me at all because this is my life not their's. Their poor excuse is that I was messing up at my previous school, but I started to get it together right before I moved to where I am now which was the middle of the year. I know... Read more »

Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Mar 7, 2018

I admire you for your drive and ambition. I would tell them flat-out that you want to stay and school and finish. Make a deal with them that you can stay in school as long as you continue to make good grades and stay out of trouble. Good luck!

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights, Communications Law and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on

Q: What are the laws on moving out at 17?

I am 16, soon to be 17. My dad is an alcoholic and is only in town every 2 weeks. My mom is dating an abusive guy that sells drugs. I want to leave, but I don't know if I can.

Mr. James Zitzmann answered on Jan 29, 2018

Well, someone has custody of you until you are 18. This means there is a possibility you could be returned. To get around this you'd need to petition a court for emancipation.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on

Q: AS A GRANDPARENT DO I HAVE ANY RIGHTS AFTER RAISING MY GRANDSON FOR 10 YEAR

Mr. James Zitzmann answered on Dec 18, 2017

It depends on the circumstances. Who has legal custody of the child right now? If you have reason to believe either of the parents having custody is a danger, you could always file a petition yourself. Grandparents also may have a limited right to just visitation under certain circumstances; this... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on

Q: My son will be 17 in two montths and wants ti move out. Can I get in trouble if I let him?

He is still in school and would be moving with his biological fathers family. Which they or the father have never financially supported him before. We cant seem to get along. He wants to be treated like an adult but doeant take resposibilty for anything.

Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Sep 21, 2017

I don't see how you can get in trouble; however, I would suggest that you do a Voluntary Transfer of Custody. This will be required if the school board where he'll be attending is operating under a Federal desgregation order, and most school boards in LA still are. This may also afford you some... Read more »

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