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Q: I’m 17 I’ve graduated high school and I’ll be eighteen in a month and four days would I get in trouble if I ran away
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 10, 2020

If you leave, would you have health insurance if you were injured? Talk about your plans with a trusted adult. When you are 18, you are no longer a minor, and can make your own decisions.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: So I'm 16, I was wondering if I could legally move in with my boyfriend and his parents

Without the consent of my parents if it was ok with his parents, I wouldn't be in any danger, and my parents don't know him or his family, but I know his family is good people

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 6, 2020

Of course you can't. You could get in trouble, and his parents could get in trouble.

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Q: I am 17 I live in ohio and graduated from high school if I run away is there anything my mom can do about it?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 5, 2020

You could be sent to juvenile detention. If there are problems, talk to your parents or other trusted adults about it.

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Q: i will be 18 years old november 2020 and my fiance will be 18 june 2020 i am pregnant due october 25th

so im due october 25th and i wont be 18 until the month after so can my fiance take custody of our child since he will be 18? also can my mom stop me from leaving at 18 with my baby

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 3, 2020

Once you are 18, you can make your own decisions. But if you move out, you and the baby could lose your health insurance. After it is born, the father would have to establish paternity and file with the court for parental rights. The court would consider all the facts in determining what is in... Read more »

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Q: I'm 17, I will be 18. Can I leave without suffering consequences? Ross county, Ohio.

My father has been getting physical with me, and i have told my counselor and she's been reporting it to children services. But they have not done anything. Both my parents live together, and my mother tends to work while this happens. And take his side. Because i'm almost 18 in 5 months, can i... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jan 28, 2020

Talk to your counselor about what to do if you do not feel safe. Also talk to a teacher or other trusted adult. Also check this link: http://www.thechildprotectioncenter.org/

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Q: I’m 16 and want to live on my own in ohio

I’m 16 years old and I just can’t deal with the stress and mental pain I left my bio mom for my bio dad and it’s not working for both sides i left my mom because of all the lawful issues and my mom placing adult authorities which made me grow up faster then I’m supposed too, and that’s... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Dec 31, 2019

Ohio does not allow for minors in your situation to live by themselves. Your parents have responsibility for you, and as a minor, you must follow their decisions. If there are problems at home, talk to a family member, teacher, school counselor, or other trusted adult who can give you advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: How do I file or more specifically how does my niece file a complaint first against the magistrate for bias against her?

I also believe her lawyer has not done her due diligence in representing my niece in her custody battle with her ex. It has been going on since 2015.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Dec 20, 2019

A person can file an objection to a magistrate's decision, and the matter then will be heard by the judge.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: If the keys are in the car, is it still grand theft auto?

My cousin took a car without permission, but the key was in it. He had Intentions to return the car but on the way back he wrecked it.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 3, 2019

This is something a criminal defense attorney would know. You could repost the question in the Criminal Law section. Car accident attorneys (the category where you have it posted) usually only deal with the civil aspects of collisions, such as personal injury and property damage claims. They aren't... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: My 16 year old daughter made out with a 21 year old AND lied and stayed at the 21 year olds apartment twice.

Are there grounds for filing a case against the 21 year old. The 21 year old also exposed her to the Pagen religion and we believe alcohol. She met this individual at work, are their any consequences to the employer?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 20, 2019

(1) It is not illegal for a 21 year old and a 16 year old to make out. (2) It is not illegal to introduce people to different religions. (3) It is illegal to provide alcohol to a person under the age of 21. (4) The employer has nothing to do with it. So, if there's evidence he is supply drugs or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Probate for Ohio on
Q: If you are on juvenile probation can your probation officer stop you from quitting school if you are 18
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 11, 2019

Not exactly. They can’t actually stop you from dropping out of school. But they can violate your probation if you do.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: I'm turning 16 in a few months. Can I legally go live with my boyfriend?

All my parents do I swear argue with me about anything and everything and I'm getting tired of it. I don't live with my biological father and to be completely honest I don't know who has legal custody. I think it's my mom but it's never really been sorted out I don't think. Anyway, is there any way... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 11, 2019

No, you cannot move in with your boyfriend without bad consequences. That is a terrible idea. You must follow your parents' decisions -- like it or not. It is typical for teens to not like their parents' rules. That's normal. If you leave, you can be sent to juvenile detention, and he could... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: If i’m 16, can i move out with my legal guardians consent? would there be any repercussions on her part?

My aunt has legal custody of me, but i felt extremely uncomfortable living there so i currently reside in my grandmothers household. my grandmother has given me permission to move out, because at the end of the day she doesn’t have custody, but my aunts not so lenient. she thinks that... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 24, 2019

Your aunt has legal custody, so she is legally obligated to provide proper care for you. She can't just pass that off to your grandmother. Your aunt can get in trouble for not providing for you. And if you go live somewhere else, both you and the person you move in with can get in trouble. Talk... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Im 15 and just had a baby by a 21 yr old children service came to my house to interview my mom and i.

So i just had a baby by a 21 yr old mom wasnt aware of the the relationship until i became pregnant after she found out she made me have no contact with him until i went to the hospital he signed the birth certificate now children services came to interview my mom and i , saying chrges are likely... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 23, 2019

Ohio law says you are the victim of criminal sexual abuse, whether you agree with that or not. A crime has been committed. You were under the age of consent. The prosecutor is not likely to drop it even if you do get married. The father's abuse can be proven by DNA testing. And it is a bad... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: I'm 16 years old, going to be 17 next month and I'm tryin to get emacupated for some situations at home.

I'm able to care for myself. I'm able to graduate by December and I have a job and I'll have a car by then. But my mom wouldn't give consent. How can I get emacupated without her concent if I can care for myself and I'll have somewhere to stay

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 21, 2019

And Ohio does not have emancipation in your situation. Check this link for more information:

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

When you are 18, then you are an adult and can make your own...
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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Can a 16 year old leave the house and come back without parent or guardian permission without legal repercussion?

Can the parents do something in response such as filing a sort of report and getting the child in trouble or sent to court as unruly?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 16, 2019

Yes, the parents can take action, and the child could go to juvenile detention. Children cannot come and go as they please. If there are problems at home, the child should talk to a family member, teacher, school counselor, or other trusted adult.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: can I see my boyfriend after we turn 18?

I’m 17 my boyfriend is also 17, we turn 18 pretty soon. His probation officer told him were not to have any contact but never filed a no contact order or anything of the sort. Would I be able to see him after we turn 18?

William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Oct 14, 2019

Wait until he is off probation. It has more to do with his probation than age. Even when he turns 18 if there is a probation order in effect he can get in trouble.

2 Answers | Asked in Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Can I drop out at 17? My son is 7 months old an I can't take care of him go to school an work .
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 8, 2019

You can drop out, but if you don't complete your education, then you will be unable to earn a decent living and even with government assistance, will likely live in poverty with your son. Talk to a family member, school counselor, teacher, or other trusted adult about your situation.

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Q: If im 18 can my parents stop me from leaving the house by locking me inside or blocking the door?

I still live with them but are currently making arrangements to move out i just want to go out with friends and they attempt to keep me inside

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 2, 2019

No, but they can kick you out by evicting you. So you should have some alternative place to live if they do. They could also terminate your health insurance, car insurance, and any other support they provide. Once a person is 18, they are considered an adult, can make their own decisions, and... Read more »

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Q: So I want to stay the night at my boyfriends house when I turn 18 very soon but his mom says it's illegal. He's 19.

I'll be 18 in December he will be 20 in May

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 24, 2019

It’s not illegal to stay the night at anyone’s house. Five year olds have sleep overs. Since I know you know this, I also know there is more to this situation. Bottom line: before you turn 18, your mom has the right to make common sense rules like not sleeping with men. After you turn 18, she... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Need to talk to lawyer over the phone about child placement case

Need to talk to experience juvenile court lawyer please

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 11, 2019

Use the Find a Lawyer tab and call some local family law attorneys to find one to work with. Attorneys on this site are not permitted to respond directly.

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