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My minor child (15) lives in Oregon with s father. He

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My minor child (15) lives in Oregon with his father. He refuses to come home after school, most of the time he shows up after the father has gone to bed. He has been caught stealing from wal-mart and now has a record of such. I am told there is nothing a parent can do legally with a teen runaway in oregon. How can you help?

Lawyer's Assistant: The Lawyer will need to help you with this. Have you consulted a lawyer yet?

Not yet, thats money I do not have. is it true that in oregon there is no law to protect runaways?

Lawyer's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Lawyer should know?

The fact that my ex-husband works from 2 or 3 am until after he goes to school each day. My son is left on his own from 2 am until he goes to school around 7:30 am

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Family Lawyer: Ely, Counselor at Law replied 2 years ago
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I am sorry to hear about this situation. Please tell me:

1) Do you have custody orders in place? If so, who is the managing custodian - you or him?

2) What are you attempting to do here, i.e. what do you wish to achieve?

This is not an answer, but an information request. I need this information to answer your question. Please reply, so I can answer your question. Thank you in advance.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I have custody of our Daughter. The exhusband has physical custody of our son. We both maintain legal parental rights to both children. I need to know what I can do legally to ensure that my son is getting proper care. He works late nights, 2-8am, and our son is left alone all night long. I am not in a position to take custody of him at this time, though his father is trying to force me to bring him here, to Utah.
Family Lawyer: Ely, Counselor at Law replied 2 years ago

Thank you.

On this website, I do not always get to give good news, and this is one of these times. I understand that hearing things less than optimal is not easy, and I empathize. Thanks in advance for not "shooting the messenger."

There is little that can be done unless one is willing to file for custody. If you were his custodian, you can control him better. Otherwise, the father controls his day to day action. No pleading exists for the court that asks the Judge to order the father to take better care of the child. Either the parent asks for custody (via a modification pleading), or, that is the extent of what one can really do. Just like the father cannot tell you how to parent the daughter while she is in your custody, the same applies vice versa.

Unless you can get him into a voluntary negotiation/mediation where he would agree to some oversight, there is not much else someone in your situation can do aside from filing for custody. Perhaps, threatening to file may have him take better care, as the Court largely considers custody modification based on parent abilities and child's best interest.

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Family Lawyer: Ely, Counselor at Law replied 2 years ago
Hello again. This is a courtesy check in to see if you needed anything else in regards ***** ***** question because you never responded or replied positively. I am simply touching base. Let me know. Thanks!
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