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Questions involving children, typically in relation to family-law. For questions about legal rights and responsibilities of young humans consider using tag "minor" instead.

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Is Elon Musk's child name valid in California?

Elon Musk and his partner want to name their child X Æ A-12. Is that name allowed in California, US?
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Is it true that men are forced to pay child support for children they didn't consent to have?

According to many in the men's rights movement, a woman who, in any way, gets pregnant from a man will be able to get child support from him, which in most states is proportional to a man's wealth. ...
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Is it true that it's not illegal for a parent to sell their 13-year-old child to a drug dealer?

My question is prompted by an episode of the TV show Law & Order, specifically the 6th-season episode titled "Slave". In the episode, a couple of the lawyers state as fact that it is not ...
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Is it a crime to have child outside of wedlock?

If a legally married man has a child with another woman, what are the consequences for that child? Who will be the legal father of this child on the child's birth certificate? Can this child use his ...
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From what age may children walk home alone from an activity/sport in Germany?

In the UK, there are strict safeguarding rules for children. If a child is not picked up after school or an activity by their parents or caregivers, the teachers need to wait until they are picked up ...
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What is the legality of "known" harmful actions while pregnant?

There are lots of things that are generally accepted as harmful to a developing fetus, such as drinking alcohol, lots of caffeine, smoking, etc. Would a pregnant woman who did something known to cause ...
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If a man's name is on the birth certificate, but all were aware that he is not the blood father, and the couple separates, is he responsible legally?

Mother was already pregnant with twins when they got back together. She asked him to be on the birth certificate so that the bio dad couldn't have any claims on them. The bio dad has not ever even ...
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Can you sue the courts and involved agencies for custody orders that proved harmful to you as a child?

One of my friend's parents, we'll call him Jamal, were separated early on. While both of his parents fought vigorously for custody of him and his brother Rodney, the court chose to grant his mother ...
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Would a summer camp responsible for caring for a child have any alternative other than refunding money if child intentionally misbehaves?

This is a hypothetical situation for a potential story. Let's say Bob is a minor whose parents have already pre-paid for him to attend a religious summer camp as daycare for the entirety of summer. ...
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Can my stepdad steal from my room when I’m gone? [closed]

Yesterday, my stepdad accused me and my brother of stealing his batons and a few other things. My brother and I had no awareness to the fact that any of these items were missing. When we denied ...
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What can a father do to become the primary caregiver?

My girlfriend and I live in Indiana. Someday, we would like to get married and have a baby. And God could surprise us with a baby anytime before marriage too. Ideally, I would like to split parenting ...
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Can a Californian be in legal trouble for physically restraining a dangerous child not his own?

Here's what I witnessed some time ago: There is a large ground level chess set set at an outdoor mall, with squares about 2x2 feet and pieces 2-3 feet high, about 5 lbs each. This chess set is ...
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Is it legal to carry a child around in a “close to you” child carrier?

While in a car, a child must be in a special seat. When I leave the car must I take the child seat (it’s detachable) with me together with the child. Or is it okay to place child in a “close to me” ...
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What would happen if my girlfriend got pregnant?

What would happen if my girlfriend got pregnant and gave birth to our child? Who would get custody of our child? How much child support would I have to pay? Would either of us have to drop out of ...
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How can misattributed paternity cause "a welfare minefield"?

It is in the news that a council was denied their request to force a DNA test on a child where there was a case of suspected intentional misattributed paternity. In criticising the family involved ...
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Stealing a wealthy man's sperm to collect child support

Mary works as a maid for billionaire investor Maxwell Baron III. They live in New York. Mary always dreamed of marrying rich. However, perhaps because of her modest family background, no millionaire ...
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Can I legally "kick my kids out the door as soon as they are 18 years old"?

The threat my dad always used on me was, "get a job, or get out as soon as you're 18". I'm a dad now. I have one "child" who is 37 years old who doesn't work, and who I'd like to kick out, and ...
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Why was the NHS able to prevent Charlie Gard's parents from taking their child to the US?

The European Court of Human Rights decided today that the parents of Charlie Gard, a British toddler with a life-threatening and (as his British doctors say) non-treatable disease, can not take him to ...
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Can a surrogate be guilty of kidnapping?

If the pregnant party/surrogate mother, during the pregnancy, formed a bond with her unborn baby(s) such that she felt she could not give them up and so she decided to leave, give birth and keep the ...
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How legally enforceable are documents giving up paternity?

I have recently been witness to an argument between two acquaintances and since neither of them were lawyers, I offered to post to Law.SE to try and resolve it. For context: since same-sex marriage ...
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Shared Parenting - How intoxicated does a parent have to be to deny visitation?

I'm posting as a guest for anonymity. My ex-wife and I have a shared parenting plan (50/50 time) of our 3 year old son. We live in the US (the state of Ohio) and have been divorced (technically a ...
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If you know someone is committing infant abuse, do you also commit a crime if you choose not to report it?

What are a person's legal responsibilities if they believe that someone is currently committing infant abuse, but are not certain that they are doing so. For example, they might learn this from ...
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What legal responsibility does a mother have to the father of her child?

Inspired by (and therefore using the same tags as) Does the father have the rights to keep the baby that the mother wants adopted? In particular, is a mother required to inform the biological father ...
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Does one have legal recourse if one's spouse lied about wanting to have children?

I recently read about a man (Bob) who married a woman (Alice) who already had a daughter from a previous relationship. Bob wanted more children, and Alice was happy to oblige. However, after several ...
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Child expressly wishes to live with other parent. What is legal position of that other parent? (in general terms)

I am intending to phrase this in broad terms so that it may be useful to posterity, not just myself. The broad situation is: Location is England, United Kingdom Father and mother are physically ...
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Am I required to provide for my abusive parents' life after I move out?

Background My mother died 12 years ago when I was 8 years old and my drunkard father (F) married someone else (step-mother, SM) to help him raise me. Past decade has been a disaster for me. I was ...
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Is it likely to win back child support from biological father of a child whose conception was result of extramarital affair?

Situation: A wife of a married couple had extramarital affair As a result, she conceived a child by the male she had affair with The fact that the biological father isn't the husband isn't known to ...
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Paternity of non-marital children

I came across this document today: Sometimes a married woman gives birth to a child whose biological father is not her husband. Although the husband is not the child’s biological parent, he ...
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Hazardous Snowman, how to protect children from it, and myself from lawsuit

This will sound absurd, but I promise this is a genuine question. I'm researching a method of home climate control in snowy climates, that involves enveloping a copper heatsink around a sheath of ...
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What is the principle that children can consent to other children of the same age, but not to an adult, called?

Two three year old children that agree on "playing doctor" and examining each others bodies, including genitalia are not committing a crime (but if one three year old child forces another ...
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Can children be placed, and required to testify, under oath in American courts?

In one scene of the film i am sam the character Lucy, seven years old, is questioned in some kind of court under oath. When her story is "shaky", she is reminded that she is under oath and not allowed ...
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How much evidence do I need in their ban appeal that they are actually 13+ to unban someone who was banned for being under 13 (to comply with COPPA)?

Since my site collects personal information, people under 13 years of age are not allowed because of the COPPA law (and the site is not directed towards children). The most common ban appeals that ...
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What is the penalty in Hungary for giving a child the wrong surname?

When a marriage is registered in Hungary, and both spouses opt to keep their unmarried surnames, the spouses must make a declaration as to which surname will be given to any future children. This ...
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Are visitors affected by family law of UAE and Qatar?

Does the family law of UAE and Qatar apply to people who transit the airport, or who stay for not more than 1 day and enter the country for that purpose? Especially laws about child custody. UAE (...
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To what legal extent can parents prevent children from masturbating?

There was a meme circulating around of an Amazon review of a chastity belt (Be warned, there's a chastity belt in the image). It essentially is a mother describing her absolute joy that her son is no ...
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Is a school legally responsible for ensuring a child gets home after school?

Let's say Bob is a child in school who usually rides the bus home to his parent's house after school. However, one day he doesn't get on the bus, instead walking to a friend's house, where he ...
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Ramifications of Child joining a Magic Society, disappearing from parents life

Note: I struggled with deciding which Stackexchange site to post this question to--Law, World Building, Scifi, or Parenting--but hopefully it fits well enough here. I know it's not a perfect fit, but ...
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Which countries divide children as legitimate and illegitimate?

Back in the 1990s in Chile, the law separating legitimate and illegitimate children was abolished and all children started to have the same rights. I'm not sure, but I think the term "...
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I'm 16 years old and I want to move in with my 18 year old SO, am I allowed to decide this for myself? What can my parents do against this?

I want to move in with my SO who is 18 years old and has his own place. My question is basically: When I run out of my home, what can my parents do against this? Can they "force" take me from his ...
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Can a tourist who incidentally photographs children, be forced to delete the image?

Here's a hypothetical: A tourist is visiting a popular attraction and decides to take photographs as a memento. Some of the photographs incidentally have other people in them including children. A ...
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Child Sexual abuse - can you jail person just based on what child said?

I heard this case and got interested. Relative of my acquintance got jailed because of child sexual abuse (child aged 8-9). But here is what confuses me. There is no proof whatsoever about this, no ...
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Can someone legally withhold showing their arms to a school counselor?

Here's a scenario I've always been curious about. Suppose that a 15-year-old high school student in Oregon, USA, is called into the counselor's office because he was reported for having scars on his ...
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Is it illegal for a parent to refuse to pay medical expenses with child support in the USA?

I am asking one a friend's behalf. My friend's parents are divorced, my friend (18, F) is living with her mother and her mother's boyfriend (not married to each other). The mother receives child ...
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Is there a country that legally requires parents to donate blood to their children?

The question is, as indicated in the title, whether there's a law anywhere in the world that would require parents - explicitly or implicitly - to donate blood (or even organs) to their children if ...
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Can a parent kick out their underage kid's kids?

Say you have a 14 year old daughter that has recently birthed a child. Obviously, you cannot kick your own kid out, but what about the kid's kid?
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Do child support payments apply in the case of a paid sexual encounter?

In the UK and/or Ireland, is child support payable by someone who fathers a child with a paid escort? Assume the scenario where the condom broke, and the escort assured the "customer" that ...
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If a woman has a daughter with one man and has a son with the other man, does that mean that the son and the father of the daughter are related?

A woman named Maria has an illegitimate daughter with a man named Gabe. After she leaves the child in his care, Maria then marries a man named Rob. She has a child with Rob. Are Gabe and Rob's son ...
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Does the father have the rights to keep the baby that the mother wants adopted?

So, I was watching an "E.R." episode, and they had this bit of dialog between a doctor who's pregnant and trying to have the child adopted when born; and adoption agency person (being "ER", the ...
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Can the mother of a child keep the father's name off of the child's birth certificate?

A man and woman have a baby but they are not married. They split up before the baby is born. After the baby is born, the mother sues the father for child support, wins and the father is ordered to ...
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Are parents allowed to not pay for their children's surgery?

Through public internet group chats, I was able to meet a teenage girl that suffers from a medical condition. According to her, she lives in the US, but in a neglectful household where her parents pay ...
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