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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can 16 date 21 in NC

I like a 20 year old who is soon to be 21, and he likes me aswell but i don't turn 16 till may and we are waiting till then to pursue/try anything

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answered on Apr 3, 2024

In North Carolina, the age of consent is 16 years old. This means that once you turn 16, it is legally permissible for you to date and engage in sexual activity with someone up to and including the age of 20.

However, just because something is legal does not necessarily mean it is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can a minor sue for a hospital, Pediatrician, dss having the wrong child's drug screen at birth?

Which in turn causes dss to remove children and place into foster care.

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answered on Feb 24, 2024

As a minor, you may have legal standing to sue for damages resulting from negligence or wrongful actions by a hospital, pediatrician, or Department of Social Services (DSS). If a hospital or medical provider erroneously administered a drug screen to the wrong child at birth, leading to DSS... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Q: neighbor videoed my 2 year old daughter while she was standing naked in our doorway on our property what can I do
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answered on Jan 11, 2024

If your neighbor videotaped your two-year-old daughter while she was naked on your property, this is a serious concern that may involve privacy and child protection laws. In North Carolina, it's illegal to photograph or record a minor in a state of undress without consent, and this can... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can parents stop you from buying something with your own work money, and if you do buy it, can they take it. Child is 16
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answered on Sep 14, 2023

Parents generally have legal authority and control over their minor child's actions, including managing their finances and possessions. They can restrict or take away items purchased with the child's money if they believe it's in the child's best interest or for disciplinary... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Q: I’m 16 and my girlfriend is 21. We have a baby on the way. Can i put my name on the birth certificate?

She’s scared to put my name on the birth certificate because she doesn’t want to get in trouble, will we be able to put my name on the birth certificate?

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

I strongly advise you both to consult with an attorney to understand the potential criminal implications and your legal options in this very serious situation, especially with a baby on the way. You may also want to seek guidance and support from trusted adults, like parents or counselors.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Q: What does G.S. 7B 906 mean?
N'kia (NLN)
N'kia (NLN)
answered on Apr 27, 2023

This could refer to North Carolina General Statute, Chapter 7B, subpart 906. If you plan to represent yourself in a legal matter, you might consider at least consulting with an attorney who can help point you in the right direction.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Education Law and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Q: Is it illegal to put sawdust in someones drink ?

Actually Cheetos and sawdust.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 31, 2022

A North Carolina attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Yes, it's illegal virtually anywhere in the U.S. as well as being actionable under civil law. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Support and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can I be forced to continue financially and legally supporting my 18 year old if he's still in high school?

Long story short: He sexually abused my daughter, threatened to kill me over a misunderstanding, has been convicted (juvenile), is on probation in a sex-offender treatment facility for the last year and a half, and will turn 18 March 24th of this year. He already told me he will most likely... View More

Angela L. Haas
Angela L. Haas
answered on Jan 20, 2022

If you think he will harm your daughter again if he returns, you CANNOT let him back in the home. You may need to contact Child Protective Services, and let them know the situation. Perhaps they can find a foster home for him. Financially, you and his father are still responsible for him. CPS may... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Q: My 16 yr old in NC left home over a month ago and now wants to obtain her personal belongings, do I have to give it back
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answered on Oct 25, 2021

If your child is 16 and not emancipated, she is considered a "minor". Therefore, she does not actually "own" (legally) any of the items in your possession. On the other hand, if she wishes to return to your home, she can (and should, under the law) be allowed to do so - she is... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
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... View 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... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
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... View More

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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

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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... View 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... View 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 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... View More

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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... View 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... View 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... View More

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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... View 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

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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.... View More

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