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    Elsa Ruggiero
    Elsa Ruggiero
    Hi, I am eighteen and I live with my parents since I am still in high school. My parents are extremely religious but I prefer to follow no organized religion. I have presented my feelings multiple times to my parents in a peaceful manner, and while my stepfather does not get involved my mother says "As long as you live here, you will be Catholic and you will go to church and worship as we do, regardless of your age." I would like to participate in a peaceful, respectful silence when they pray at home and I would like to not attend mass and instead meditate quietly in my room. Now that I am eighteen, can my mother force me to practice a religion? Or does she still have the legal right? Thank you!
    11/28/2014 8:50 pm Reply
    Tiara Jackson
    Hi I'm 17 and I was charged with breach of peace I have a mental illness that I haven't been diagnosed with yet so is there a chance that Icould be going to jail
    11/28/2014 3:58 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Tiara: It's unlikely that you would be going to jail for this especially if it's your first offense. Talk it over with your parents and you may want to explain the circumstances and your illness to the judge or court officer you may meet with when you go to court. You may be offered diversion or placed on probation. Good luck.
    11/28/2014 8:04 pm
    eliza
    eliza
    im going through a divorce where my ex asked for temporary orders to see kids he gets every sun. supervised . but where I was living it was violent for kids n I to live there n we got kicked out . I have family from another state that is willing to take us in because I hve no where to go but a womens shelter I asked my ex if it would be ok if we go n he said no for me to give him custody n I can leave I don't know what to do my daughters are afraid to be alone with him hence the supervised visitations n I feel like my attorney is not trying to help me during this last min. emergency please I need help!!!
    11/25/2014 2:58 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Eliza: AsktheJudge.info is an educational site for and about teens and the law. Since you have an attorney, we suggest you ask for an appointment with him/her so you can get your questions answered and make sure that your rights are being protected. If you need a second opinion from another attorney, you could look into consulting with a family law attorney. Many attorneys offer a free initial consultation. In addition, you could try contacting your local legal aid office to see if they can provide any assistance for free or on a sliding scale basis. Good luck to you and your children. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
    11/25/2014 8:21 pm
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    11/24/2014 4:56 pm Reply
    Anonymous
    I am 16 years old with a three-month year old baby. In the state of Tennessee can the court make the 16 year old father pay child support? Currently, my father is covering all related costs for the baby, while I complete high school.
    11/24/2014 10:26 am Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Anon: You can ask a court to make the father pay child support. For further help with this, we suggest you contact your local court and find out if they have a free legal assistance program which would allow you to meet briefly with an attorney. Many courts throughout the country offer such programs. Also, you could try your local legal aid office to see if they can provide some legal help for free or on a sliding scale basis. Good luck to you and your baby. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
    11/24/2014 3:14 pm
    Anonymous
    I got caught shoplifting ive been to court already for stealing 2 times and i got probation i got caught stealing again and ran from the employe what will they give me at court?
    11/23/2014 9:10 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    It depends on a number of factors including your prior record (were charges filed as misdemeanors, were they dismissed, etc.), the specific facts and circumstances including the value of the items stolen and the laws in your state. If the value of the items stolen is relatively low, you may be facing probation again with fines, community service and educational classes or counseling. We strongly suggest that you reconsider your actions before doing this again. The consequences will increase for multiple offenses and eventually you'll be facing jail time. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
    11/24/2014 3:09 pm
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