I was thinking of taking him to court, because I don't know what else to do. I thought that if I take him to court maybe he will see whats going to happen to him if he continues the way his going. And maybe the court systems can advise me how to handle an unruly teen.
Thank you for your follow-up. The courts are not really able to help you handle your teenager. To take your teen to court there must be a basis for doing so. For example if he steals something, the police press charges, then the teen can go to court. Or if he pushes to pursue 'emancipation' (that is, he pushes to be fully independent from you and you would no longer be responsible for any financial obligations), then you can pursue such an action. But just going to court is not going to accomplish anything, judges are there to review facts and make rulings on complaints, motions, and petitions, there are not going to be able to help if you have no specific cause of action in place. Furthermore courts are not really there to be parental figures, which the courts can at times punish minors for doing something wrong, i has to be something for which the police end up being involved. I am not stating that you cannot pursue legal action but he has to do something wrong first and be charged with an offense. Such situations typically do not affect your other children unless the courts deem you partially liable for his behavior. This can happen at times due to neglect.
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