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Q: Are their any pro-bono attorneys in carteret county or craven county NC
David Allan King
David Allan King answered on Jan 17, 2021

I'm sure there are, but attorneys do not ordinarily do pro bono work for family law issues. Those that cannot afford an attorney are usually left to the machinations of DIY and self-service options. It might be easier to point you in the right direction with more information.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Q: I am 17 yrs old & I want to move out. I live in Thomasville NC. Can I leave without parental permission?

I am 17 and I’m tired of my living situation. I have previous work history and I have experience with paying bills. I pay my phone bill every month and 1/3 of our rent. I have my own car as well. I also buy my own clothes, hygiene needs, and food. Basically what I’m saying is I know how to take... Read more »

Mr. Albert Loch Saslow
Mr. Albert Loch Saslow answered on Nov 25, 2020

Highly unlikely that your aunt would get in trouble if you went to stay with her. What would potentially happen is that law enforcement personal could come to her house and direct you to return to your Mom's residence. As long as you did so, it is hard to imagine any sort of negative... Read more »

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Q: why are juvenile aftercare programs important
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 20, 2020

A North Carolina attorney could answer best but your question remains open for two weeks. One reason is to help prepare for discharge from the Department of Corrections. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Q: Hiwhat to do when the older sibling(21) has decided to pickup/keep the younger one(14) without my knowledge or consent?

I do have a Dss history my children were in custody at a foster home for 3 years I regained custody of the younger child 10/2017 however the older child aged out in foster care In June of 2017!. I have been sober since 7/7/2016. The minor is a transgender male and I have some nothing but be... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Johnson
Amanda Bowden Johnson answered on Nov 10, 2020

If you have custody, it is likely kidnapping - call local law enforcement and have the older sibling arrested. If law enforcement refuses to assist by calling it a 'civil matter' you will need to retain an attorney. Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Civil Litigation and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Q: How to fight a 50 c on my child

I need to know how to fight a 50 c that was took out on lies

Amanda Bowden Johnson
Amanda Bowden Johnson answered on Nov 6, 2020

This is the functional equivalent of asking us to teach you how to rebuild your car's transmission if you aren't a mechanic. There is simply too much information to covey in a forum like this. Your best bet is to consult with a local attorney. That said, in essence a 50 (c) usually... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Q: im 16 and i live in north carolina.what would happen if i moved out without parental consent?
Melissa Averett
Melissa Averett answered on Oct 24, 2020

If you move out before the age of 18 without an order from the court that you are emancipated, your parents can have you declared an undisciplined or runaway juvenile and have you returned to the home by law enforcement. Or they can do nothing but since you're not 18, you can't get a job... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Q: I am a minor seeking emancipation. I still live with my parents. Must I be moved out before I can be emancipated?

My parents will not let me leave. I live in NC, I am 16 with a job. I have a place to go. I have read that I need to be moved out and have lived in that location for a certain period of time before being emancipated, is this true?

Melissa Averett
Melissa Averett answered on Oct 23, 2020

Technically no. Although it helps. Here's an article that I wrote with all the details. https://averettfamilylaw.com/?s=Emancipation

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can my mom do this?...

I am 16 and have an almost 1 year old child. I have a restraining order against the father and isn’t allowed to see me or my son. My mom doesnt like my current boyfriend (not my child’s father) and kicked me out and refuses to let me see my son and has been letting the dad see him even though... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Johnson
Amanda Bowden Johnson answered on Oct 9, 2020

Your mother's actions may not be entirely legal per se but this is good 'ol boy North Carolina and I highly doubt any court or Judge would give her any 'legal punishments' as you put it based on what you have described. The bottom line is you are a child and if you won't... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Q: I was wondering if my friends parents can get in trouble for letting me stay with them?

im 17, live in north carolina, and ran away from home. My mom wants me to come back and i know she cant do anything to get me but i was wondering if she could get my friends parents in trouble for letting me stay with them. i read something about "harboring" but i dont know if this is... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Johnson
Amanda Bowden Johnson answered on Sep 9, 2020

You are still a child (at least until you turn 18) so your parents certainly can do something to make you return home. As to your friends parents getting into trouble, it is not likely but certainly possible as they are likely committing several crimes such as contributing to the delinquency of a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Personal Injury and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can i get emancipated from her?

Hello I have a mother who is borderline emotionally abusive, she tells me i make everyone miserable constantly, blames me for everything that goes wrong and more. I am 16, can I move out and live with a friend legally. Can i get emancipated from her?

Mr. Albert Loch Saslow
Mr. Albert Loch Saslow answered on Aug 28, 2020

Maybe, but these aren't easy actions to 'win' and it would be something you wouldn't be able to do yourself. To able to file, you have to be 16 (check) and have lived in the same county for 6 months (don't know). To successfully emancipate yourself, you are going to have... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can a 17 year old date a 24 year old in NC and not get into trouble? And will He go to jail if they have a baby ?

I’m 17 and my boyfriend is 24 and we had a baby together but we left his name off Because we was worried he’d get into trouble and get locked up and I don’t want that because I love him and I might be pregnant again with him and I want to be with him but I don’t know if they will throw him... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Johnson
Amanda Bowden Johnson answered on Jul 20, 2020

A 17 year old is still a child, so yes, you can date if your parents allow it. 16 is the age of consent in North Carolina so unless you were having sex prior to being 16, he won't get into any criminal trouble or be 'thrown into jail (at least likely not for getting you pregnant) - so he... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Q: 14 and pregnant being kick out?

My friend is 14 and pregnant shes cant tell her parents because theyll kick her out like they did to her older sister a few years ago and i dont know how to help

Amanda Bowden Johnson
Amanda Bowden Johnson answered on Jul 16, 2020

Parents are obligated to support their children and are not allowed to unilaterally 'kick them out' without risking being charged criminally. All the 14 year old would need to do is call local law enforcement or DSS if the parents attempt to kick her out and that will put a stop to that.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Q: I’m a16 year old mother, I have a job and another safe place to go at the moment I’m living with my dad

It’s not a good situation we don’t get a long and he doesn’t want to help me get to work so I can start supporting my family and getting my life together the place I can go to will help me can I just take my kid and go what are my rights

Amanda Bowden Johnson
Amanda Bowden Johnson answered on Jul 4, 2020

You are a child and won't be able to freely decide (or at least as freely as any one in society can) the course of your life until you are 18 or emancipated. So assuming you want to limit your current options to your legal options (which is what someone with a family of their own ought to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Q: My little sister has ran away from her foster home. CPS has been at my house multiple times looking for her.

Dss will not stop coming to my house looking for my little sister. I willing let them in to look the first time after that I would not let them back in. They then took papers out on me for "contribute to del of a minor" what should I do ? No proof of anything just hearsay. Also can they... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Johnson
Amanda Bowden Johnson answered on May 22, 2020

My experience with DSS workers is not good. They often seem to gleefully abuse their power based on the flimsiest of evidence or even just their own bias and prejudice. Typically speaking you should never cooperate with DSS. As to what you should do now, you could likely benefit from a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Support and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Q: Is it illegal for a 15 year old in NC to leave home without parent consent?

By leave home I mean go to a friends house and be back by state curfew.

Melissa Averett
Melissa Averett answered on Apr 10, 2020

It's certainly illegal based on the COVID-19 rules to stay home unless you are an essential worker or going to an essential workplace, such as a grocery store, to conduct business.... Regardless of your age.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Q: My 17 year old daughter thinks that she can hang out with who she wants and stay where she wants to live. I disagree

She thinks she can stay with her dad who is a immigrant. She thinks she can go to whatever school she wants and does not have to follow my rules.

Adam Bull
Adam Bull answered on Apr 5, 2020

She is still a minor under NC law, unless she has filed a petition to emancipate herself, which is difficult to prove and she would have to show she can provide for herself without assistance, has employment, and a place to live, and is not merely a recalcitrant teenager.

At 18 she will...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Q: Hi My son is 14 and got his 15 yo girlfriend pregnant- what are his rights- should I hire an attorney-
Adam Bull
Adam Bull answered on Mar 18, 2020

yes, and as a minor he will need to have a guardian ad litem appointed as he cannot contract for himself. usually that would be you as his parent.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Q: I need a good child custody lawyer who is willing to fight using facts against local DSS's deceit and lies...

I live in Wilkes County, North Carolina. The case is also in Wilkes. I will discuss what the case is about in detail upon finding the lawyer I need but it involves a whole lot of hearsay over actual facts. There have been a ridiculous 6 or 7 calls made to DSS, all questionable and none were... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Johnson
Amanda Bowden Johnson answered on Feb 20, 2020

Your big mistake was cooperating with DSS. The time to have hired an attorney was prior to making that very bad decision. However, you still need an attorney and ASAP but you need a local attorney. So your best bet is to shop around locally - most of the attorneys here will not be able to assist... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Q: Hello I am 16 years old and live wirh my dad and stepmom. My dad stays high and drunk every night when he gets home.

My step mom stays high all day too on any kind of pill she can get and does meth sometimes with her friend while me and my brother babysit her friends kid. My dad has hit me multiple times, he cussed me out and tells me he hates me all the

Time. My step mom is either passed out high or when... Read more »

Adam Bull
Adam Bull answered on Jan 28, 2020

Sorry to hear you are in such a bad situation. You are doing the correct thing and are entitled to a safe and secure home, free from substance abuse and violence. Things you can do:

1) report the activity to your school counselor and resource office.

2) call the Department of...
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