Legal

Ask a Lawyer and Get Answers to Your Legal Questions

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Legal
This answer was rated:

then how can I legaly get my son to stay home and do what he

is to do. I...
then how can I legaly get my son to stay home and do what he is to do. I must say I don't give my son gas money
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Legal Question
Answered in 17 minutes by:
7/19/2013
Lucy, Esq.
Lucy, Esq., Attorney
Category: Legal
Satisfied Customers: 31,008
Experience: Lawyer
Verified
Hi,

I'm not a parenting expert. So, I can tell you that you can't confiscate a car given by someone else, but I can't tell you the best way to handle a teenage boy who thinks he's too good to listen to his parents. Legally, you can take away any benefit that you've given him. Do you do his laundry? You don't have to do that. Do you cook his meals? You don't have to do that, either. I mean, you can't starve him, but you can provide groceries and let him feed himself. Of course, that may involve also providing paper plates and plastic utensils, if he doesn't clean up after himself. Do you give him snack foods like chips, soda or junk food? The law doesn't require you to provide those things. Does he park in your garage? Take away the garage door opener. Are you a joint signer on his bank account? Joint signers can close accounts. (Typically, a minor needs an adult on the account with him, but some banks have other rules depending on the child's age.) Does he park in the driveway? Park behind him (at least for long enough to have a conversation - you'd have to move if the father showed up). You can assign other consequences to his actions. What does he want that you're giving him? Are you prepared to tell him that if he won't listen to you, he has to go live with his father? Can you lock him in his bedroom, or tell him that if he does not return by a certain time, you will lock the doors and he can go to his father's?

The other option is to go back to the family court and ask the judge to order the father to confiscate the car and not allow him to drive it. Or state that he is free to drive the truck at his father's, but that the vehicle is not allowed at your home. Tell the father that you don't' want the truck there and that he is trespassing if he does not remove it from your property.

Before taking action, though, you may want to consider talking to a parenting expert or taking your son to a family counselor. Some things that may be legal could run the risk of further alienating him, which isn't what you want. You may also run the risk that he will go to his father and ask for a change in custody. There's more of a risk of that with some more drastic punishments parents devise than if you just take him to counseling with you.
Ask Your Own Legal Question
Customer reply replied 4 years ago

When I ask my son to do things he get mad and leaves the house and will not come home does that mean if I call the police he can be brought home IHe already told me he wants to be mansapated, that he has a place at his friends house with this parents permission to live there for $20 a month. Will that hold up in court. I told him to go ahead and do it was that right thing to do?

Technically, yes, you could call the police, tell them he's a runaway, and have him dragged back home. That would be pretty embarrassing for him. If he thought you were likely to do that, I wonder if he would change his behavior at all. Any person over the age of 16 who allowed him to stay with them against your wishes could be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, which is a misdemeanor.

Emancipation means that you can support yourself - not that you found someone else to put you up for $20/month. If he wants to be emancipated, he would have to show the judge a budget, which means (a) he'd have to go to work and (b) that he needs to include a reasonable cost of living somewhere. Emancipation isn't about leaving your parents because they impose rules on you. It's about being an adult and acting like one. He should also know that his friend's parents would likely want him to clean up after himself, because that's what adults do when they can't afford to hire a cleaning service. I can't know what's right for your situation, but I do wonder what would happen if a judge explained responsibility to him. He's in for a rude awakening if he thinks a judge is likely to emancipate him because he doesn't think he should have to treat you with respect, when he has no job and no legitimate prospects for supporting himself.
Lucy, Esq.
Lucy, Esq., Attorney
Category: Legal
Satisfied Customers: 31,008
Experience: Lawyer
Verified
Lucy, Esq. and 87 other Legal Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Ask Lucy, Esq. Your Own Question
Lucy, Esq.
Lucy, Esq.
Lucy, Esq., Attorney
Category: Legal
Satisfied Customers: 31,008
31,008 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Lawyer

Lucy, Esq. 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:

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

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

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Tina

Tina

Lawyer

8,775 satisfied customers

JD, BBA Over 25 years legal and business experience.

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

24,353 satisfied customers

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

INFOLAWYER

INFOLAWYER

Attorney

20,727 satisfied customers

Licensed attorney helping individuals and businesses

JPEsq

JPEsq

Attorney

2,132 satisfied customers

Experience as general attorney, in house counsel, SSDI, Family Law attorney, and law professor

Law Educator, Esq.

Law Educator, Esq.

Attorney

42,358 satisfied customers

JA Mentor -Attorney Labor/employment, corporate, sports law, admiralty/maritime and civil rights law

Ellen

Ellen

Lawyer, Consultant

8,238 satisfied customers

25 years of experience helping people like you.

Guillermo J. Senmartin, Esq.

Guillermo J. Senmartin, Esq.

Attorney

292 satisfied customers

7+ years of experience handling various legal matters.

< Previous | Next >

Related Legal Questions
Is a seatbelt violation a misdemeanor in Alabama? Alabama.
This misdemeanor may bar me from my acceptances to graduate school, as I did not know it was a misdemeanor.… read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
30,899 satisfied customers
Renewing my liquor license with a misdemeanor do I report
Hello renewing my liquor license with a misdemeanor do I report the misdemeanor … read more
Nisha Jones, Esq.
Nisha Jones, Esq.
Juris Doctorate
1,811 satisfied customers
In 1996, I granted my neighbor easement for my driveway.
In 1996, I granted my neighbor easement for my driveway. Today she is threatening to allow a friend of hers to put his junk cars on her property. he would have to use my driveway. Do I have any legal … read more
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq.
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
42,358 satisfied customers
I live in Missouri and have a misdemeanor warrant in
I live in Missouri and have a misdemeanor warrant in Michigan jail time is 6 month max. Will I be arrested in Missouri by local law enforcement … read more
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
7,403 satisfied customers
We have a shared common driveway and the neighbors
We have a shared common driveway and the neighbors continually let their large aggressive dogs roam and we can't safelt access this area. What are the laws regarding this common area? … read more
Lucy, Esq.
Lucy, Esq.
Attorney
31,008 satisfied customers
NC. My son is in jail for MISDEMEANOR LARCENY AWAITING TRIAL
my son is in jail for MISDEMEANOR LARCENY AWAITING TRIAL 17CR222992 SECURE BOND $0.00 FORGERY OF ENDORSEMENT AWAITING TRIAL 17CR223379 SECURE BOND $0.00 CONSP OBTAIN PROP FALSE PRET AWAITING TRIAL 17CR223379 SECURE BOND $50,000.00 FAILURE TO APPEAR ON MISD SENTENCED 13CR226453 N/A RESISTING PUBLIC OFFICER AWAITING TRIAL 17CR222992 SECURE BOND $2,500.00 IDENTITY THEFT AWAITING TRIAL 17CR223379 SECURE BOND $0.00 MISDEMEANOR PROBATION VIOL AWAITING TRIAL 14CR222404 SECURE BOND $10,000.00 SECOND DEGREE TRESPASS AWAITING TRIAL 17CR222992 SECURE BOND $0.00 Total Bond Amount:$62,500.00 … read more
Zoey, JD
Zoey, JD
Doctoral Degree
181 satisfied customers
I was pulled over in my driveway for my headlights being off
I was pulled over in my driveway for my headlights being off when required. Received warn but while visiting, it changed to DUI charges. Failed balance test and my eyes were red but blew .00. Am 60, w… read more
Ely
Ely
Counselor at Law
Juris Doctor
24,353 satisfied customers
Is legal to point down my driveway. St louis mo my neighor
st louis mo my neighor got camera pointing down my driveway … read more
INFOLAWYER
INFOLAWYER
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
20,727 satisfied customers
My 20 year old son committed a minor misdemeanor in
My 20 year old son committed a minor misdemeanor in shoplifting some alcohol in Wayne County, Ohio. He went through and completed a diversion program and has a letter from the Office of the Prosecutin… read more
LegalKnowledge
LegalKnowledge
Juris Doctor
28,170 satisfied customers
I had a misdemeanor domestic dispute with my daughter in
i had a misdemeanor domestic dispute with my daughter in 2013 in texas. It was plead down to disorderly conduct. I was never informed about not being able to purchase a firearm and was denied shortly after that when I tried to buy a firearm. Will I ever be able to purchase a firearm again. I am seeing some things that say five years to be able to buy. Can you tell me anything? … read more
LegalGems
LegalGems
Juris Doctorate
10,718 satisfied customers
What is the law for parking a vehicle in my private driveway
What is the law for parking a vehicle in my private driveway with no licence plate? The car is visible from the street. I am transferring the title this weekend but the buyer needs 3 weeks to return a… read more
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq.
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
42,358 satisfied customers
I finished a case for DUI with a misdemeanor. NYC wants to
I finished a case for DUI with a misdemeanor. NYC wants to terminate, as I am considered Peace Officer. … read more
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq.
Attorney
Juris Doctor
18,377 satisfied customers
What happens if I backed up at a driveway and a cop car was
What happens if I backed up at a driveway and a cop car was parked there and I hit it? The damaged is minimal and the cop filed a report and his superior ask if I want to just forget it or go ahead wi… read more
TJ, Esq.
TJ, Esq.
Juris Doctor (JD)
11,263 satisfied customers
We are about to close on a home with a shared driveway, we
We are about to close on a home with a shared driveway, we noticed on the title it states both homes have easements down the middle of the driveway, we are both supposed to share it, including mainten… read more
P. Simmons
P. Simmons
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
35,318 satisfied customers
I was summoned on a criminal misdemeanor for trespassing.
I was summoned on a criminal misdemeanor for trespassing. The charge was I knowingly showed up at my daugh … read more
Michael Bradley
Michael Bradley
JD
1,193 satisfied customers
I have a neighbor who washes their driveway and street in
I have a neighbor who washes their driveway and street in front of their every week and washes it all down to my driveway and … read more
Roger
Roger
Litigation Attorney
Doctoral Degree
26,871 satisfied customers
Car pulled into driveway while another was pulling out and a
Car pulled into driveway while another was pulling out and a minor collision occurred in the driveway. Both cars were moving. Party who was pulling in claiming the other party is at fault and must pay… read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
30,899 satisfied customers
Neighbor running business I'd. Driveway...was told by pole,
Neighbor running business I'd. Driveway...was told by pole … read more
Dwayne B.
Dwayne B.
Juris Doctor
28,693 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