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1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability, Car Accidents, Insurance Bad Faith and Juvenile Law for West Virginia on
Q: If i am 17, almost 18 and i allowed a 14 year old to drive on back roads periodically, what trouble would i get into?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Feb 7, 2020

A citation, possibly loss of use of your vehicle. If you want to teach them do it on private property where there are no other vehicles. It's possible you could also be charged with endangering a minor, which can be a serious problem. Let an adult do the drivers ed.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Juvenile Law for West Virginia on
Q: If I've adopted a child can I sign him over to another family when he is 17?
Brian Lehman
Brian Lehman
answered on Feb 4, 2017

No, you can't sign a child over. The other family might be able to adopt him with a court order. You would need to consult an attorney and, given the age of the child, I would expect it to be difficult.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for West Virginia on
Q: My 18 year old son has a 8 month old daughter with a 17 year old girl. Can the girl agree to custody and visitation.

The maternal grandmother says because the babies mother is a minor that she would be the one talking to the judge. The maternal grandma is trying to call all the shots.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Sep 11, 2015

I don't know specifically how it works in West Virginia, but in many places a guardian ad litem (or attorney ad litem) would be appointed to represent the interests of the mother under these circumstances.

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