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Questions about Juvenile Law

What is juvenile law?

Juvenile law is the juvenile area of the law that deals with the actions and well-being of persons who are not yet adults. A juvenile is defined as a person who is not old enough to be held responsible for criminal acts. In most states and at the federal level, this age threshold is set at eighteen years. The acts of juveniles and their legal repercussions can often lead to anxiety for parents and can lead to legal questions like the ones below.

What is the juvenile law in Florida if a child at the age of 17 wants to move out because he/she feels neglected?

In Florida, the child or children can go to the court and petition for emancipation. They will need to prove that they will not be living on welfare, and can take care of themselves once they move out. This would include having a job, a place to live, plan for finishing whatever schooling is left, etc. The courts usually review each application for emancipation on a case to case basis; assess the reasons cited by the child and rule depending on what is deemed to be in the best interest of the child.

How can a minor parent receive custody of their 1 year old child if the other parent is in foster care?

The minor parent that is trying to receive custody needs to file a petition with the juvenile court and seek custody of the child. Many times, if an officer supports the petition and even allows the minor to have visitations at first, the court will see that they are trying to better the parent child relationship and may deem this to be in the best interest of the child.

How can a parent sign over their parental rights on their child to someone in the family?

The exact process depends on the state in which one lives. Normally, the only way for someone to sign their parental rights over to someone else is to petition the juvenile court to grant a guardianship or adoption.

If a child was taken away in the state of Texas and the person wanting to receive custody is in the state of Arizona what do they need to do to file for custody?

The person petitioning for custody would need to contact the Texas Family and Protective Services to check if they could get custody from the juvenile court system. However, since they do not reside in the state of Texas -- which is where the juvenile is -- they might need to get a Texas attorney if the DFPS does not support the petition for custody.

Can someone receive custody of a child that is not born yet?

In most cases the answer is no. Once the child is born, if the biological parent decides to give the child up for adoption then the adoption and/or custody process can begin.

Juvenile law covers a wide range of juvenile topics. The primary objective of juvenile law is to safeguard the best interests of a juvenile. This can result in legal implications for parents, guardians and others. Under many circumstances, whether you need an attorney specializing in juvenile law itself can be a question facing parents and guardians.

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Recent Juvenile Law Questions

  • My son was arrested for a misdemeanor drug charge and received

    My son was arrested for a misdemeanor drug charge and received probation. His children were taken from him the day of his arrest and have not been returned. CPS has been submitting false accusations against my son. I was told to come to Texas to get the kids, but his wife's Mother showed up and now they want to give a single person custody even though the kids have lived with me prior. There are details I haven't said here but botXXXXX XXXXXne is how can the State of Texas keep my grandkids from my son for a minor charge without haven taken them to a doctors office to prove the neglect charge CPS is citing? How can CPS say those kids were being neglected simply because they are small skinny kids? I would think that a doctors evaluation would have been needed for that.
  • I became a " grandmother" to young children, 3, 5, and 6 at

    I became a " grandmother" to young children, 3, 5, and 6 at this time. I have been the only "grandmother" that they have had for over 18 months. I was the mother of their previous foster parents, and took RESPA training so that I could keep them, be with them etc. For the entire time they were in my Sons home they knew me as their Grandmother, after they were returned to their parents I still did the same. Seeing them several times a week, they stayed with me, I payed for preschool for the youngest and more. We have taken them on two family vacations, one was a cruise and the other was to Disney land. They are once again in CPS custody and they are now living with their Great Aunt, who wants me to continue to see, visit babysit, and be their "grandmother". However, the ADLIAM was really mean and ugly to me, and told me that because I help the parents, by giving groceries, gas and paid for the youngest to go to preschool that I enabled the parents. I tried to help the parents to get clean after they were taken and they ended up burglerizing my home. I pressed charges and have had nothing to do with them. The parents at one time wanted me to have the children and even ask if we would do paper work to keep them should anything happen to them. However since I have pressed charges and will not drop them the mother, not the father, have said I can not have any contact unless I drop the charges. THe aunt is in complete disagreement and wants me in their lives. They love me and I love them. Under Texas Family Code 102.004 2b It states that an orginal suite requesting possessory conservorship ( visitations) may not be filed by a grandparent or other person. However, the court may grant a grandparent or other person deemed by the court to have had substantial past contact with the child leave to intervene in a pending suite filed by a person authorized to do so under this subchapter if there issatisfactory proof to the court that appointment of a parent as a sole managing conservervator or both parents as joint managing conservators would significantly impair the child's physical health or emtional development.

    So can I? I mean the aunt is being looked at to adopt the children and parents rights are currently being sought to terminate.
  • My question involves juvenile law in the State of: Florida okay

    My question involves juvenile law in the State of: Florida
    okay so my girlfriend is 17 and will be 18 in February. her mother and father are divorced, both of them are retired air force. her dad recently quit his job, and her mom lost hers because she got a DUI. they have joint custody, with the mom having primary custody. both her parents are alcoholics and don't care about her, they don't buy food for her, or any kind of clothes of hygiene products, i provide most of them myself for her. they wouldn't even by her school supplies this year for school. her dad is getting ready to move to Jacksonville to live with his girlfriends mom because he cant afford to stay here. i am pretty sure she doesn't qualify for emancipation, but is there any way i can get or my mom can get custody of her until she is 18? i am 21 right now. i make 32k a year and my mom makes more than that. i have tired getting her mom to give up custody but she wont, she would rather her suffer and have to live in very poor conditions. so do i have any route i can take to get her out of there legally? her mother has told us if i just take her she would call the cops on kidnapping. does Florida wavier on the what they view as a minor, since its less than 6 months to her birthday? any help would be great. thank you.
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