Family Law

Family law questions? Ask a family lawyer online.

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

My son is 16. For the last 2 years a 15 year old girls

Customer Question
My son is 16...

My son is 16. For the last 2 years a 15 year old girls mother has been helping to get them together every chance they can against our wishes. She sets up secret trysts, hotel rooms, social media accounts, has showed up at locations where she knew he would be and has now given him two phones on two different occasion going as far as to put him on her cell phone plan.

Lawyer's Assistant: Family law varies by state. What state are you in?

She encourages him to sneak out of the house at night and even out of a hotel room where we were staying. She will pick him up to take them back to their hotel or places like the park so they can be alone. What can we do?

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?

Texas No we have not We aren't sure where to start

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

We have told her to stay away from our son and that she does not have permission to pick him up or take him anywhere.

Submitted: 9 months ago.Category: Family Law
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Answered in 3 minutes by:
12/8/2017
Family Lawyer: JD 1992, Lawyer replied 9 months ago
JD 1992
JD 1992, Lawyer
Category: Family Law
Satisfied Customers: 34,389
Experience: Began practicing Family Law in 1992
Verified

Hello and thank you for contacting us. This is Dwayne B. and I’m an expert here and looking forward to assisting you today.

Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Family Lawyer: JD 1992, Lawyer replied 9 months ago

Please allow me several minutes to read your facts and type my response both initially and when you add a follow up question or add facts. Please don't ask "are you there", etc., since when you post it can erase what I am working on. If we are having a conversation unless I tell you I am going offline, I will be here but I may be doing research.

While waiting for a response, please do not keep asking questions, such as "Are you there", etc. since that can erase whatever I am writing and also interrupts the thought process. I will be back with you as soon as I can do any research necessary, formulate a response, and type it in.

Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Family Lawyer: JD 1992, Lawyer replied 9 months ago

Have you reported this to the police?

Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
No
Family Lawyer: JD 1992, Lawyer replied 9 months ago

That's your first step then. Report it to the police and let them investigate.

The police or the DA may decide that the case can't be prosecuted for one reason or another. If that happens then you can turn to a civil attorney and pursue an injunction against her. However, injunctions are expensive and the police don't cost anything and are usually effective so that's just one reason to go to them first.

Injunctions are extremely complex which is what makes them expensive.

The steps to an injunction are:

1) An Application for TRO (Temporary Restraining Order) is filed along with supporting evidence such as affidavits. Usually the Application for Injunction is made at the same time. The TRO is a temporary measure and is not absolutely required before you get an injunction.
2) An Ex Parte (without the other side present) Hearing is conducted and the judge either issues the TRO or denies it. If the TRO is issued the judge orders a bond set in a sufficient amount to compensate the other side for any damages accumulated while the TRO is in place if the applicant fails to prove their right to an injunction.
3) A hearing on the TRO is set.
4) The TRO and notice of Hearing is served on the defendant.
5) The defendant should immediately begin following the judge's orders.
6) The TRO hearing is held and each side has an opportunity to present evidence and question witnesses.
7) The judge makes the decision on whether to convert the TRO to a Temporary Injunction or not.
8) If the TRO is converted to a Temporary Injunction then the judge sets a new bond to be in place.
9) Discovery is conducted by both sides.
10) A request for hearing date is made on the matter of converting the Temporary Injunction into a Permanent Injunction.
11) The hearing/trial is held on the Permanent Injunction and the judge issues a ruling.

These are what are known as extraordinary remedies and the procedural rules for these as well as the case law are EXTREMELY specific and difficult. If ANY mistakes are made the judge has no choice but to deny the relief and will not likely reconsider it in the future.

Just as an example, getting injunctive relief, both temporary and permanent, requires that evidence be offered of:
1) An immediate need,
2) Which, if not granted, will result in irreparable harm,
3) With no adequate remedy at law, and
4) (on temporary order) The person requesting the injunction is likely to succeed at a full trial on the merits.

If evidence is not offered to meet these four requirements, in a manner that the judge knows this is what the evidence shows, then the petition will be denied.

There are more requirements than this depending on the exact facts of the case but it is very, very easy to mess up one of these and end up having to pay damages to the other side just because your paperwork wasn't done properly.

If your question has been answered then I'd offer my best wishes to you and ask that you please not forget to leave a 5 Star Positive Rating so I receive credit for my work. Of course, please feel free to ask any follow-up questions in this thread. I want to be sure all of your questions are answered.

Even if you are a subscriber or have a trial membership please leave a 5 Star Positive Rating so that the website knows I have answered your question.

Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
are you saying I should contact the police?
Family Lawyer: JD 1992, Lawyer replied 9 months ago

Yes, contact the police and see if they will take a report and investigate. Even if they decide not to file charges against her and you end up having to hire a private lawyer the lawyer can get their investigation and that will save you money.

Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Family Lawyer: JD 1992, Lawyer replied 9 months ago

Plus, it is a lot scarier for her if she knows she is being investigated for criminal activities.

Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Family Lawyer: JD 1992, Lawyer replied 9 months ago

If your question has been answered then I'd offer my best wishes to you and ask that you please not forget to leave a 5 Star Positive Rating so I receive credit for my work. Of course, please feel free to ask any follow-up questions in this thread. I want to be sure all of your questions are answered.

Even if you are a subscriber or have a trial membership please leave a 5 Star Positive Rating so that the website knows I have answered your question.

Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a family lawyerLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask JD 1992 Your Own Question
JD 1992
JD 1992
JD 1992, Lawyer
Category: Family Law
Satisfied Customers: 34,389
34,389 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Began practicing Family Law in 1992

JD 1992 is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Not only did he answer my Michigan divorce question but was also able to help me out with it, too. I have since won my legal case on this matter and thank you so much for it.

LeeMichigan

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

11,971 satisfied customers

Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.

LawTalk

LawTalk

Attorney and Counselor at Law

9,034 satisfied customers

30 years legal experience. I remain current in Family Law through regular continuing education.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Attorney

7,856 satisfied customers

I provide family and divorce law advice to my clients in my firm.

P. Simmons

P. Simmons

Lawyer

3,624 satisfied customers

16 yrs. of experience including family law.

Barrister

Barrister

Lawyer

3,607 satisfied customers

Attorney with 17 years experience

RobertJDFL

RobertJDFL

Lawyer

3,019 satisfied customers

Experienced in multiple areas of the law.

ScottyMacEsq

ScottyMacEsq

Lawyer

2,828 satisfied customers

Licensed Texas General Practice Attorney

< Previous | Next >

Related Family Law Questions
We have forbidden our 16 yr old son from seeing his
Hello. We have forbidden our 16 yr old son from seeing his girlfriend. We just learned he sneaks out at night to go to her parent's house for sexual relations. Her parents, although they know we are a… read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
46,989 satisfied customers
I have some questions for you..(Im not sure if you can see
Hi there! I have some questions for you..(Im not sure if you can see our previous communication or not) I don't really know where to start. I just delivered my baby via c-section and she is 7 days old… read more
Barrister
Barrister
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
3,607 satisfied customers
My 22 year old son was sexting a 16 year old. They have only
My 22 year old son was sexting a 16 year old. They have only been talking for 3 dAYS and she was asking him to send her money for a plane ticket to fly to him. Now her father is calling him saying she… read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
46,989 satisfied customers
My son was videotaped in the classroom at a private school.
Hello, My son was videotaped in the classroom at a private school. The school has a strict no cell phone use policy that all students must sign. Phones must even be turned off and out of sight during … read more
LegalGems
LegalGems
Juris Doctorate
13,376 satisfied customers
Both of my sons 14 and 12 have cell phones, my ex wife has
Both of my sons 14 and 12 have cell phones, my ex wife has blocked me from calling them or texting them. Only way I may be unblocked is if I pay her 50.00 a month. I don't think it's fair. I just thin… read more
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq.
Attorney
JD
20,856 satisfied customers
My son's father and I are joint managing conservators. We have
My son's father and I are joint managing conservators. We have a standard order with no geographic limitations. It was set into place April 2011. We have had no issues in the past year regarding visit… read more
Sam
Sam
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
10,701 satisfied customers
sons bond was increase from 2000 to 5000 bond for child abandonment.
sons bond was increase from 2000 to 5000 bond for child abandonment. CPS involve and asking girlfriend if he beats her and the kids. Believe son is getting charges amp up unnecessarily charges so he c… read more
Zoey, JD
Zoey, JD
Doctoral Degree
210 satisfied customers
Hello, I married (2002) and divorced (2013) in Texas. During
Hello, I married (2002) and divorced (2013) in Texas. During our marriage we had two children. We're both designated Joint Managing Conservators of our children. My ex was given (by mutual agreement) … read more
lucy7368
lucy7368
Juris Doctor
763 satisfied customers
my sister stays in a hotel room with my mother, father, and
my sister stays in a hotel room with my mother, father, and little brother. She doesn't want to stay with them while they get on there feet. I tried to speak with my father and the only thing he does … read more
P. Simmons
P. Simmons
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
3,624 satisfied customers
DCFS has declared my step-children are in need of care or neglect.
DCFS has declared my step-children are in need of care or neglect. My husband and I would like to be given custody. We have evidence proving that the biological mother is unfit. Such as pictures of th… read more
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq.
Attorney
JD
20,856 satisfied customers
First, can an ex-spouse legally withhold you taking custody
First, can an ex-spouse legally withhold you taking custody of your child when it is your legal time to have said child simply because you experienced migraine headaches 48-72 hours in advance? She pu… read more
Brandon M.
Brandon M.
Attorney at Law
Juris Doctorate
12,463 satisfied customers
my son and ex daughter inlaw just went to a divoce hearing
my son and ex daughter inlaw just went to a divoce hearing last wednesday.We sit there all day in court for 20 minutes of rushing to decide on money. Money is not our issue, crap on the money. Then on… read more
LADYLAWYER
LADYLAWYER
Owner of my own law firm
Juris Doctor
6,438 satisfied customers
17 yr old son in sexual relationship with 15 yr old girl.
17 yr old son in sexual relationship with 15 yr old girl. Mother of girl arranges meetings between the two despite numerous requests and agreements that this relationship needs to end. She has also fa… read more
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq.
Attorney
JD
20,856 satisfied customers
I live in Michigan as does my boyfriend and his ex-girlfriend
I live in Michigan as does my boyfriend and his ex-girlfriend who is the mother of his 3 year old twin girls. She has threatened to take them away from him (his visitation is every other week tues-fri… read more
lwpat
lwpat
Doctoral Degree
256 satisfied customers
Hi Id like to ask a question in regards XXXXX XXXXX visitation.
Hi I'd like to ask a question in regards XXXXX XXXXX visitation. My son is 10 yrs old. His father has him every Wed/alternate w/e. His dad has married & now has 2 small girls. My son had his own bedro… read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
46,989 satisfied customers
My sister is having many trouble with her 16 yr old ...
My sister is having many trouble with her 16 yr old daughter. She doesn''t want to have to throw out her daughter but feels she has no choice as her daughter is very argumentative, defiant, and disres… read more
Walter
Walter
Just Answer Consultant
6,024 satisfied customers
My sons 16 y/o girlfriend ran away a week ago. She
My sons 16 y/o girlfriend ran away a week ago. She claims emotional and some physical abuse. we have only been able to talk to her by phone but we did convince her to call her parents. The parents tho… read more
Walter
Walter
Just Answer Consultant
6,024 satisfied customers
i have a 15 year old boy who is not doing well in school ...
i have a 15 year old boy who is not doing well in school and when his father is not home tries to be very threatening to me. our terms are really clear to do well in school and be respectful to us and… read more
Walter
Walter
Just Answer Consultant
6,024 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x