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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?

This is totally, flat out wrong. Quite frankly, it is immoral, although not illegal, for the producers to even cause some viewers to believe it is true. The United States criminal code (Title 18) in ...
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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?

I don't know of any crime specifically addressing the sale of a child, but a good prosecutor rarely needs such a narrowly tailored solution to bring charges against anyone. In real life, I imagine a ...
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Can a parent kick out their underage kid's kids?

north-carolina A parent is responsible for supporting their minor child, therefore they cannot "kick out" their child (they can arrange for someone else to take care of the child but they ...
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Can you sue the courts and involved agencies for custody orders that proved harmful to you as a child?

The State of California is not responsible for injuries committed by private citizens Sorry to hear about your friend. Jamal may have a case (although the scope is narrow and timeframes are strict and ...
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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?

Human Trafficking Laws Since the date of the episode, the US Federal Government passed the The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act (TVPA) which forms 22 U.S. Code Chapter 78 which makes ...
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Can a Californian be in legal trouble for physically restraining a dangerous child not his own?

If an adult had physically restrained the miscreant brat, they could be sued for / charged with battery (which does not mean "beating up", per Cal Penal 242, it is the "willful and unlawful use of ...
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What legal responsibility does a mother have to the father of her child?

The following answers are based upon general U.S. law, I have not personally confirmed that they apply in Illinois in particular under its adoption law, or each of its welfare benefits programs, or ...
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Why was the NHS able to prevent Charlie Gard's parents from taking their child to the US?

Such sad and tragic circumstances, my sympathy to all involved. General I do not know the specifics of English law as it applies but I believe it is similar enough to New South Wales, Australia that ...
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Can the mother of a child keep the father's name off of the child's birth certificate?

Under 28 Pa. Code 1.6, The child of an unmarried woman may be registered with any surname requested by the mother. If no other surname is so requested, the child shall be registered with the ...
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Stealing a wealthy man's sperm to collect child support

If we restrict ourselves to legal options, he can hire a lawyer, which is what he should have done rather than "ordering a DNA test". As a general rule, the minute you get served with a ...
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How legally enforceable are documents giving up paternity?

This is indeed an area of law where the answer does depend on the jurisdiction. As a 2015 article on the subject noted (and I am loathe to refer to less current sources as this is a rapidly changing ...
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On what basis can Google decide that 13 is the age of autonomy for its users?

Children/youths are allowed to make some decisions themselves even before becoming adults. In the US, COPPA has privacy protections for children under the age of 13. This means that many US-based or ...
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What can a father do to become the primary caregiver?

You seem to have put a lot of thought into this - which is good. However, the short answer is: There is no legal solution. To address your points: And legally, my future wife has the right to ...
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Can males be held liable for child support for wife's child?

According to http://info.legalzoom.com/divorce-am-responsible-kids-not-mine-20971.html Your stepchildren -- the biological kids, adopted children and stepchildren that your spouse acquired in ...
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Can I legally "kick my kids out the door as soon as they are 18 years old"?

Generally, you would have to bring an eviction action just as you would for an ordinary landlord-tenant relationship. This means given written notice served as required by MA law of a deadline to ...
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To what legal extent can parents prevent children from masturbating?

To what legal extent can parents prevent children from masturbating and are religious reasons legal justifications for such actions? One of the main restrictions on parental authority is a ...
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Conflicting terms and the definition of a «child»

I presume that the document refers to "barn" and "barnebarn". Norway has forced heirship laws, which refers to offspring as "barn", not limited to those under the age of majority. Interpreted in the ...
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Is male circumcision without consent and without medical reason legal in France?

Male circumcision is by default legal In France it requires the consent of both parents for children and the subject themselves if an adult. If performed for religious or cultural reasons the risks ...
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Is it legal for parents in Iowa not to allow 16 year old to attend high school

The child does not have a legal right to determine how Iowa's compulsory education law is obeyed. The first section of the law says that the custodian of a child who is of compulsory attendance age ...
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Does the father have the rights to keep the baby that the mother wants adopted?

Overview of Notice Requirements To Fathers Prior To Adoption In Illinois The father has some rights, but they are very limited in Illinois under the kind of circumstances set forth in the ER dialog. ...
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Hazardous Snowman, how to protect children from it, and myself from lawsuit

No one can tell you how the facts are going to line up if you get sued. The attractive nuisance doctrine is alive and you can be found liable if you have, on your property, a dangerous condition which ...
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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?

Under the Dutch Civil Code article 1:245, "All minor children are subject to authority". Article 1:247 says that "Parental authority comprises the duty and right of the parent to care for and raise ...
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Why can some states choose to reject the Attractive Nuisance Doctrine?

The US Supreme Court only has jurisdiction in federal matters. So if someone is suing under federal law, or there is a constitutional question, the Supreme Court is the place to go for a definitive ...
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Are parents allowed to not pay for their children's surgery?

Parents have a legal obligation to care for their minor children: it is illegal to harm a child through action or inaction. State law and associated welfare programs are complex: you can start here. ...
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Child expressly wishes to live with other parent. What is legal position of that other parent? (in general terms)

If one day the child goes around to the father's house, perhaps in a state of upset, and says, "That's it, I'm staying," what is the legal position of the father? An eleven year old child really ...
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Does one have legal recourse if one's spouse lied about wanting to have children?

I exclude Shari`a law because I don't know, but generally there would be no legal recourse that depends on the lie. A marriage is not legally viewed as a contract with enforceable obligations, so a ...
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If a couple pre-drafted a *non binding letter* stating opinions on custody do you believe it would be admissible?

Admissibility is one thing, enforcement is another. My observations, which are more detailed than casual, is that Family Courts are a different breed, and more than most any other court, "they do ...
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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?

The exception is often called a Romeo and Juliet exception colloquially when applied to statutory rape laws. See, e.g. here. It is an exception to the age of capacity to consent to sexual conduct, not ...
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Do parents have a right to publish photos/videos of their young children without consent?

united-states In some countries there are laws prohibiting publishing a person's picture without that person's consent. The US has no such general rule, and many other countries do not either. The ...
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Do child support payments apply in the case of a paid sexual encounter?

In the UK, the law applicable to liability for child maintenance does not restrict it to children conceived in 'normal', conventional, or ongoing relationships. A biological parent has specific legal ...
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