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Does the first amendment protect children forced to receive a religious education?

It's less that the first amendment does not apply to minors and more that the first amendment does not apply to the parents' conduct. The first amendment to the U.S. constitution reads (emphasis added)...
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How does one prove paternity if the father has an identical twin?

Can Alice still get child support, or will she be denied because she can not definitively prove which man is the child's biological father? The legal standard is a preponderance of the evidence (i.e. ...
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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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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?

british-columbia Parentage For all purposes in British Columbia law, a child's parent is the person determined under Part 3 of the Family Law Act (see s. 23(b)). Outside of the context of assisted ...
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Can a parent insist that her child (teen) stop assisting police?

E can leave at any time E is not detained and there is no basis to detain her. As a child, that decision can be made by a parent. E can be subpoenaed to testify but she does not have to talk to law ...
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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?

colorado The couple separated and she now is trying to threaten him with having to keep the kids 50% of the time and pay child support and they're not even really his children. Can she do this? Yes. ...
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In the USA, do parents have the right to control their children's possessions?

The fundamental question is whether children can own property: they clearly can. See Cyclopedia of Law and Procedure (I improved the link so it can be more easily read). As a general rule any ...
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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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Why does a highschooler (in the US) who has turned 18 still need to have liability waivers signed by parents?

There is no legal need for this to be done (and arguably, a waiver signed by a parent and not by an eighteen year old student in addition or instead, is not even a legally valid waiver). But the "...
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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?

australia A person is presumed to be a father (with all the rights and liabilities this entails) if the: person is named as the father on the birth certificate or adoption certificate person signs a ...
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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?

germany German law says, in §1592 BGB: The father of a child is the man 1.  who is married to the mother of the child at the date of the birth, 2.  who has acknowledged paternity or 3.  whose ...
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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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U.S. - "tough love" eviction of child (non-minor, not paying rent)

Before you go changing locks, you might want to hire an attorney. There is law in Ohio that governs "such" relationship, which are typically landlord-tenant relationships, but might not be strictly ...
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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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What can a presumptive father do to terminate all responsibility toward an unwanted child?

Not much. Consider the following: The father can not force the mother to abort the pregnancy. Ex post facto agreements of non-payment are, in all likelihood, unenforceable. The father will be ...
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In the USA, may parents prevent their children from receiving gifts or acquiring owned property?

Probably A valid gift requires: Intention of donor to give the gift to the donee (donative intent) Delivery of gift to donee. Acceptance of gift by donee. As the legal guardian, parent could ...
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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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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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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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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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Ex wife moving out the country with my daughters

Child custody (and alimony) are determined by state courts, so the exact details are state-dependent. There is no legal basis for a person preventing thrie former spouse from moving (assuming the ...
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Are Parent-to-Child death threats legal exceptions?

“I’m going to kill you” is not a threat Or at least, not necessarily. A criminal threat is more than words - it must encompass the intent to carry out the threat. Except in wholly exceptional ...
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How does one prove paternity if the father has an identical twin?

british-columbia In British Columbia, Part III of the Family Law Act says that the child's parents are the birth mother and the child's biological father. Outside of the context of assisted ...
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Can an adult sponsor a minor to enable emancipation without adopting them?

What is emancipation of a minor? As I understand it, in some states in the US, a minor (i.e. younger than 18) who is at least 16 years old, can petition the state for emancipation; i.e. legal ...
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Can parents no longer search my room once I am disowned?

Disowning is not a thing legally, at least in the United States. It is a symbolic expression of a person's feelings. In and of itself, it has no legal effect, although actions taken based upon those ...
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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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What would happen if my girlfriend got pregnant?

From the legal perspective, the most important step is establishing legal paternity. IN Code 16-37-2-2.1 covers the process of establishing paternity via affidavit, which has to be executed in a ...
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In the USA, do parents have the right to control their children's possessions?

Moderation note: this answer was merged from a duplicate question that focused on iowa Overview Minors in most US states can and do own property, and their parents have no automatic right to take that ...
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In the USA, do parents have the right to control their children's possessions?

A very specific case in CA is child actors. They are protected by California Code, Labor Code - LAB § 1308.9 and others. This involves setting up trusts for the child actor's wages to go into.
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Can a family member break into my room and can I take legal actions against it?

In Germany, there is no statutory offense of “breaking in”. Instead, break-ins are (depending on the nature of the crime) prosecuted as trespassing (Hausfriedensbruch, § 123 StGB), criminal damage (...
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