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1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: Im 15yr,& i left school without my parents permission for 2 hrs for my bsf funeral, i came back can they send me to BCA?

It was maybe 2 hrs but i came back to school

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Nov 4, 2019

I'm not sure what BCA is supposed to be, but your parents are allowed to discipline you for leaving school without their permission if they so choose.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: I'm seventeen years old and I was adopted by my grandparents but I want to move in with my mom can I do that?
Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Jul 9, 2019

If your grandparents give you permission to move then you may, otherwise you will have to wait until you are eighteen.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: What can be done for a 16 year old seeking emancipation? There is a possibility of emotional and mental abuse involved.

Currently a runaway.

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Apr 22, 2019

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.

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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: Can police officers stop my 15 year old son's while walking home from school and start questioning them ?

They stopped them and another boy and were asking them all kinds of questions and accusing them of them of breaking into buildings and doing drugs. I was not notified nor was I present when the officers did this.

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Apr 14, 2019

yes

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: How can a woman that was married to a man for 8.5 years, marry again and give child first husbands last name?
Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Mar 28, 2019

As long as you and the child's father are in agreement, you can give your child whatever name you want.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: Im 17 years old i live in missouri. What would happen or whT could my parents do if i leave home?
Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Mar 24, 2019

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... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: What rights do I have as a condo owner to select the kind of replacement windows that I want?

The HOA Board wants to select the type of replacement window for our condo, and bill us later. Don't we have any rights in the choice of windows, since these are limited common elements?

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Mar 5, 2019

Your condo association’s declaration and rules & regulations control. Read them carefully.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: How does my baby's biological dad voluntarily sign over his rights? And can my boyfriend adopt my baby?

I live in Missouri. My baby's biological father left me after I found out I was pregnant and has a new girlfriend. We were only together a few weeks. My baby is 5 months old and at his request we did a paternity test. He has still not met his baby or paid child support and Now he is wanting to sign... Read more »

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Sep 20, 2018

The only way to terminate a biological parents are with an adoption. However, unless there is a court order regarding custody, an unwed father does not have any rights to his children, so if you want to merely keep the child away from him, you do not have to do anything; so long as he does not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: I’m 17 and my fiancé is just now 22. Can we get married?

We’re getting married in February. We have parental consent. I just wanna make sure it’s okay.

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Sep 17, 2018

If you have parental consent, then you may marry at 17.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: Can a 17 year old be legally engaged with a 22 year old?
Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Sep 10, 2018

They can be engaged, but without consent from a guardian, they will need to hold off on getting married until the younger party turns 18.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: When is the legal age to move out of parents home in missouri

Not liking living situation and would like to do better

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Aug 13, 2018

A child may move out of his or her parents home when he or she reaches eighteen or becomes emancipated.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: I am turning sixteen in a few weeks and i would like to know the soonest i can move out of my parents house
Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Aug 13, 2018

You can move out without their permission when you are eighteen. Otherwise you will need to become emancipated or have someone else file for guardianship over you.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: Are there any Lawyers interested in a case that just has to be presented? Two years researched. ProBono. Mid Missouri

This case would go to the Supreme Court. It is newsworthy. Civil rights violations. Statues ignored. Policies and procedures not followed. False documents presented to the court. This needs to be brought to the media's attention. Background in Family Law would be a plus. It is a very long twisted... Read more »

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Jun 25, 2018

There are approximately 80 cases a year which are argued in the Supreme Court. About another 100 cases are resolved without argument.

There are about 7,000 to 8,000 cases a year filed with the Supreme Court. The likelihood of getting a case to the Supreme Court is about 1%.

I...
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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: Hi my nephew lives in Colorado with his parents and he is 16 and wanting to leave and come live with me in Missouri.

Is he able to leave legally at the age of 16 with out having to go threw an emancipation?

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Jun 13, 2018

No, he will have to be emancipated or have his parents' permission to live with you. If you believe his parents are unwilling or unable to care for him, you can seek a temporary guardianship over him, but that will have to be done in Colorado.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: If your 17 and a 15 year old wants to fight you, can you fight them?
Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on May 31, 2018

No, you can be charged as an adult. Try to resolve your conflict with words.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: Can my son move out if I say no and he's 17? I'm in Missouri
Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on May 21, 2018

No, if he tries to move away without your permission, then you can call the police and have him brought home or detained in juvenile as a runaway.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: What is the runaway laws in Missouri for a 17 year old?

I am 17 years old and I don’t want to stay at home anymore. It’s not a healthy environment. I did research and I found that in some states you can’t be forced to come back home at 17 if you runaway. I’m also aware that I’m not the age of majority. I just can’t wait until 18. It’s a... Read more »

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on May 21, 2018

Until you are 18, then you will be considered a runaway if you try to leave home; your mother can call the police and have you placed in juvenile detention. You will have to have your friend seek guardianship and quickly if you want to move out.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: Is it illegal to hold a child in foster care if court ordered guardianship was given to a family member?

I just got court ordered guardianship for my niece and she is in foster care would if be illegal if i went to get her?

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Apr 15, 2018

Once the juvenile court gets involved, the juvenile court has custody of a child regardless of your guardianship status. You will need to attend the court hearings and FST meetings to be granted custody and have the action dismissed by the juvenile court. Talk to an attorney who practices in the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: My boyfriend has been in juvie three time cause of an exparte how long will he be there
Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Apr 2, 2018

How long he will be there depends on the conviction and the judge. Juvenile court can maintain jurisdiction over a person until they are 21.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: My 14 year wants to go to jail and is acting out because of this. What do we do
Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Mar 19, 2018

It sounds like there is a lot of background there, that needs to be addressed. Get your kid in counseling.

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