Questions tagged [children]

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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it legal for parents in Iowa not to allow 16 year old to attend high school

Imagine that a 16 year old in Iowa is not attending any high school because their parents do not want them to. However, they do want to attend high school. Is it legal for the parents to stop them ...
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Is it legal for a parent who is against vaccines to prevent their child from receiving the preventative vaccine against rabies?

So this is a modified version of a question I asked on Biology.SE. I know that the vast majority of US states allow parents to opt out of giving their child a vaccine for religious reasons, and ...
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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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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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Child Arrangements Order non-biological relative living arrangements

I have been granted a UK Child Arrangements Order for a child who is not biologically related to live with me. By Virtue of this order (Childrens Act 1989, Section 12, Paragraph 2) I have been granted ...
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What legal options exist to enforce strict compliance with parenting agreements?

Suppose a parenting agreement that is part of divorce in Georgia, U.S., specifies that parent A shall deliver a child to parent B in the morning before school. One day parent A, without notice to ...
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Do I have a right to get my son vaccinated against his mother's wishes?

I am in NY state. My partner and I are not married. I am not listed on our son's birth certificate, but he has my last name. My partner is an anti-vaxxer (or whatever non-loaded term is preferred). I ...
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In the eyes of the law, is a crime committed by a child too young to be charged, actually a crime?

with the recent JonBenet Ramsey documentary, many people now feel Burke was the killer. Since he was only 9 yrs old, he could not be charged in Colorado since the minimum age was 10 yrs old at the ...
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"Reward" for each biological child in prenup agreement?

Let's assume this hypothetical scenario where: to-be husband does not want to enter marriage without prenup agreement that clearly ensures separate property; AND to-be wife does not want to have ...
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How many times compassionate appointment can be given to a family

In a family the husband who was a Group-D in Department of Posts, India died while in service. His wife claimed compassionate appointment and the Department has appointed the wife under compassionate ...
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Vicarious liability for a negligent act of a child

Is there any specific law about vicarious liability of parents for child's negligent acts? What is the name of applicable laws?
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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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Conflicting terms and the definition of a «child»

This is similar to this question but applies to a specific scenario. In the Norwegian allotment garden community I belong to, a young child recently lost her mother to cancer. The statutes say that a ...
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Can parents force their teenage children to get vaccinated?

The Los Angeles school district recently made the Covid vaccine mandatory for attendance. What’s special about the Covid vaccine is that it’s supposed to be given out not just to first graders (who ...
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If a couple pre-drafted a *non binding letter* stating opinions on custody do you believe it would be admissible?

-I will get an attorney don't need to make the recommendation again -I understand that prenups/postnups can't negotiate custody (best interests of child) -But lets say a couple drafts a letter that ...
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Can males be held liable for child support for wife's child?

Lets say a single male living in California were to get married to a woman who has an existing one year old child from her previous marriage. If in the future they were to get divorced, how much of a ...
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Do parents have a right to publish photos/videos of their young children without consent?

The Reddit discussion AITA for deleting my newborn son's instagram? soon reached In about 5 years or so I’m ready for the sh**storm when all these kids become teens and get (rightfully) angry that ...
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Can you always ask for an independent genetic testing when you are asked by the court to support your wife's or your partner's children?

Can you always ask for an independent genetic testing when you are asked by the court to support your wife's or your partners children? I am wondering if in the U.S. you can have a court order ...
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Is there a jurisdiction where child pornography is not illegal?

There is somewhat recent research (PDF) which has found there to be at least links to child pornography on the bitcoin blockchain with also one one explicity file on the blockchain which may be ...
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Which law determines paternity (who is the father) in Australia?

I would like to know which Act defines the rules about the determination of a father in Australia. I can find the rules on different websites, but not the source for which law it is. https://www....
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