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Roe vs Wade was decided almost 50 years ago. Do more recent federal laws protect the right to an abortion as a medical decision?

A lot has changed in our laws and statutes since the Roe vs. Wade ruling in 1973. The United States Constitution does not explicitly address a right to health care. The words "health" or &...
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Can a parent insist that her child (teen) stop assisting police?

This is based on a situation early in the novel The Witness by Norah Roberts. Suppose that a sixteen-year-old girl (E) witnessed a serious crime, in fact a double murder, apparently by an organized ...
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Can NH physicians order an end to parental rights for refusal of treatment or evaluation?

If you would like a concrete example, consider parents of a healthy infant who was born premature and ill but is no longer in any apparent need of medical treatment. The hospital staff asks the ...
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What responsibility do parents have to keep and maintain the property of their children?

In reading this thread: In the USA, do parents have the right to control their children's possessions? It made me wonder... What responsibility do parents have to keep and maintain the property of ...
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Can parents legally emancipate their child to avoid medical bills?

I was reading a tragic case where a child suffered a severe injury and had a <20% chance of survival with months of hospitalization, years of recovery at best if an immediate organ transplant ...
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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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Can a child sue their parents?

this is a theoretical question I am asking to satisfy my curiosity; hopefully this will never need to be useful for somebody Say a child is facing lots of abuse at home, or have parents who ...
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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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On what basis can Google decide that 13 is the age of autonomy for its users?

On what basis can Google, Facebook, Tik Tok (to name a few) determine that the age of 13 is the age from which a person has all the privileges needed for the management of his account when the age of ...
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Is it legal for a parent to take items from their children

Hypothetically, if a child has a cell phone that they paid for with their own money that they saved by doing chores or whatnot, can a parent take it away as a punishment for doing something wrong? ...
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Is there any cognizable ground for criminal prosecution for the surreptitious or unconsensual use of male reproductive cells or “spermjacking”?

Bob, the founder of a Silicon Valley business on a high-growth trajectory, meets Alice, and they enter into a romantic relationship. Sure enough, Alice informs Bob that she wants to be the wifey. Bob, ...
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Would a Surrogate Parent's Right to Abortion Supersede Parental Rights?

Would a Surrogate Parent's Right to Abortion Supersede Parental Rights? Under the Hague Convention, Parental Rights are determined via the last shared and well-settled intents of the parents. (At ...
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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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How many children can sleep in a room of a given size in Illinois?

I'm going through a parenting plan modification. Currently my kid has overnights, and there are three kids (7, 11 and my son 4) sleeping in a 108 sq ft room with three beds... I do not think this is ...
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Does the first amendment protect children forced to receive a religious education?

Many parents "force" their children to receive religious education. Does the children's U.S. First Amendment right to freedom of religion allow them to get the police to stop their parents ...
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Are Parent-to-Child death threats legal exceptions?

Is it legal for a parent to make a death threat to their child verbally, to "keep them in line"? Is a parent threatening a child with death an exception, if they said it was "from love ...
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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 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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Is this grounds for Child Protection Services

If a religious parent found out their child was an atheist or part of the LGBT community, then freaked out about it and told them I rather have you dead than have you be what you are. Can CPS remove ...
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Can a man have invasive medical procedures forced on him during a paternity dispute?

If a woman has a man's child and does not acknowledge him as the father, can she later force the man to give blood as to prove him the father (If she for instance decides his money is good enough ...
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Illinois stay at home and visitation time

Currently Illinois is on a stay at home order based on current conditions with covid19. My sons (who has asthma) biological father decided to still go on vacation to Florida. The day he gets back he ...
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Can a family member break into my room and can I take legal actions against it?

Here is the situation. I still live with my family like my brother (we are both of legal age) . We never had a good brother relationship. We always try to avoid each other as best as we can. In the ...
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Does parental leave count towards extinguishing a debt to the employer?

My partner has recently been on a training course (paid for by the company, a substantial amount of money) with the caveat that she'll have to repay it (entirely or just part of it) if she leaves the ...
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Divulging students' grades to third parties

In the U.S., I understand that it is illegal for teachers to divulge a student's grades to anyone with no legitimate claim to the information. Is it similarly illegal for parents to do that? In some ...
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Is consent of the man to the act that caused a pregnancy necessary to establish legal parental obligations?

The question is a bit awkwardly phrased maybe, but what I'm wondering is this: if a woman gets pregnant without the consent of the man whose sperm it is (say by stealing it, or an accidental "used the ...
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What to do if ex changes child school without my consent? (UK)

If one parent changes their child's school without the others consent (both have Parental Responsibility), what can the other parent do to cancel that? The current school's new vacancy might be ...
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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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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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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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Are parents allowed to not pay for their children's surgery?

Through public internet group chats, I was able to meet a 16 year old girl that suffers from a medical condition on her feet. She lives in Washington, US, but in a neglectful household where her ...
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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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In the USA, may parents prevent their children from receiving gifts or acquiring owned property?

This a follow-up question to In the USA, do parents have the right to control their children's possessions?, The answer to the other question appears to establish that (in general, or at least in ...
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In the USA, do parents have the right to control their children's possessions?

Let's say a minor (17 or younger) living with his parents gets a job or does chores, and with the money thereby earned, buys a video game console. The parents decide that the console is not ...
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Ex wife moving out the country with my daughters

My ex-wife is planning to move out of the country (to France) next year with my daughters (12 and 10 years old respectively). We have shared custody. I pay alimony (been paying for 7 years, 3 more to ...
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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 residential/custodial parent change our kids health insurance unilaterally?

We have a parenting plan that designates all health decisions as "jointly made." The other parent previously had our child on their employer insurance plan. They just changed jobs and hence insurance ...
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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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Is there any jurisdiction, in which one can adopt an adult person?

I'm working on a fiction text that revolves around the idea that many men marry women like their mothers. I thought that it would be an interesting plot twist, if a woman adopted the man. In order ...
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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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Which state's laws determine guidelines for voluntary termination of parental rights?

A couple has a child out of wedlock. The father pays child support for several years, but the mother and child live in a different state from the father/where the birth occurred. The father wishes to ...
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Parenting plan by youngest or oldest

In modification agreements, do the courts go by the youngest or oldest childs age when deciding parenting plans. The age desparity is by 4 years difference being 2/6.
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U.S. - "tough love" eviction of child (non-minor, not paying rent)

I have a 22-year-old son living at home. My wife and I presented him with a contract to sign; the contract communicated – and we also communicated this verbally – that his continued ...
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Oregon adoption consent and revocability - legal requirements are not required?

According to ORS 109.321 consent to adoption cannot be revoked once 6 conditions are met, one of those being a duly signed and attested Certificate of Irrevocability and Waiver. I recently spoke ...
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HIPAA within context of marriage

I am finding out that my ex-wife may have kept from me a genetic predisposition to Down syndrome and other abnormalities in the baby. The physician did not tell me about this either. I want to know ...
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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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What can a presumptive father do to terminate all responsibility toward an unwanted child?

Couple conceives a child. Although the couple is not married legally assume the couple is happy and wants to remain together. They are a long standing couple and have no desire to split up. Child was ...
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