My parents are fundamentalist Christians and make me go to their church every Sunday morning, evening, and Wednesday evening. I am a front desk receptionist at a more laid-back, contemporary church and want to join it. I have tried talking to my parents, and they won't let me switch churches because they think the church I work at is too "liberal." My moral conscious will not allow me to accept the teaching at that fundamentalist church (such as: keeping rules to earn God's favor, KJV-Onlyism, legalism, and advocating of spanking children until their will is broken), which is why I want to switch churches. I also have some very tense relationships with the leadership at that fundamentalist church, and it's intimidating. My father is constantly yelling and gripping at my mother and me. In the past, there has been physical abuse, while the tongue-lashings stay constant even now. I am concerned for my mom's well being, in particular (although I've never seen him get physical with her). CPS was involved a few months ago when I walked into work and a pastor of the church I work at noticed I was having a hard time walking (because my dad had punched me in the face repeatedly and threw his 300+ pound frame on me while I was on the ground- and it was over the whole church thing), so he filed a report but CPS closed our case. Can my parents force me to go to their church? Can I just leave on Sunday mornings and go to the church I work at? What should I do if my dad gets physical again with me? What resources are available for my emotionally damaged mother?
We're sorry to hear of your difficulties at home. Since CPS has been involved recently, although a closed case now, you can contact them whenever the abuse reoccurs. Ongoing abuse should be brought to the attention of the police or CPS. Generally, minors are required to obey their parents whether they agree or not. That also applies to their religious practices. Once you turn 18, then, as an adult, you can make your own decisions about going to church. As far as your mother, she can contact local social service agencies for support, counseling and protection if needed. She could start by contacting the CPS caseworker who was assigned to your family's case and ask for a reference for help in your area. Good luck. (This is information only - not legal advice).
I have an inquiry in regards to a minor obtaining a marriage license. How difficult would it be to obtain that status as a minor? I'm 17 and my boyfriend of 2 years is 18. We both live in Southern California. I'm well aware of the requirements. My mom is on board with the idea, and is more then willing to sign a request for a marriage liscense. Me and my boyfriend both work and he owns his own apartment. Apart from the legalities, what do you recommend will make this process smoother? What would increase the likely hoods of a court approving our request?
Courts are required to follow the laws that apply to each situation. Since you are "well aware of the requirements" to marry as a minor, make sure you meet each condition set out by California's law on the subject. See the website below for the law in California: http://statelaws.findlaw.com/california-law/california-marriage-age-requirements-laws.html When you go to court, be prepared to meet with a court official or judge to consider your request. See our post on appearing in court here: http://www.askthejudge.info/a-teenagers-guide-to-juvenile-court/ Good luck. (This is information only - not legal advice).
Hi, I was recently given a citation for having an illegal handicap tag less than $100. My court date is approaching and I have a public defendant. Is it possible to avoid going to jail and asking the judge for community service hours? And after my sentencing, how long does it stay on my record and how do I remove it. Thank you
Since you have a lawyer representing you in this case, we suggest that you discuss these issues with him/her. Askthejudge.info is an education website for and about teenagers and the laws that affect them. We do not provide legal advice to adults or teens. Good luck. -ATJ.info
I am wanting to divorce my mother. I'm afraid that it will backfire on me and that I will be forced back into her house and that she will abuse me.
"Divorcing" a parent is a difficult thing to do in every state. Although not impossible, there is a lot to terminating the parental relationship between parent and child. It might be better to work out the differences with your mother or, if there's a risk of abuse or neglect at home, obtain help from local child welfare agencies. Talk with an adult that you trust about the situation and, hopefully, you can reach an agreement with your mom. Good luck. (This is information only - not legal advice).
So Im still a little confused I checked for the age of consent in florida and it was 18 although i believe the minimum age lf consent if 16 and the guys age is 25... so in this case would the minimum age of consent still count or wpuld it depend kn the parents?? Because in some cases the parents i belive the parents can allo the son or daughter to concent ... Im not sure if thats right tho?
You have to read the laws we referred you to very carefully. We don't provide legal advice or interpretation of laws to our readers. Discuss this with an adult in your life for interpretation and as it applies to you. Best, -Judge Tom
According to the following site, generally, the age of consent in Florida is 18. However, there are exceptions often referred to as Romeo and Juliet laws or exceptions that allow minors who are at least 16 to consent when the other person is also a minor or close in age. Click here for more info about this and then click on Florida. Again, it's going to depend on the guy's age and whether or not the parents are serious about wanting to press charges. Good luck.
Why is it LEGAL for a DDA to lie against a witness (1), have another witness (2) lie and file a false police report for witness intimidation against witness (1)? I proved this wrong while on the stand. Why is it LEGAL for a DDA to ask witness (2) questions about witness (1) and witness (1) not asked the same questions to defend answers from witness (2)? I have evidence to prove that witness (2) lied on the stand. Witness (2) brother was/is a police officer who had wrong doings in this case but was not brought forward. I have both these individuals under investigation for the past 2 1/2 yrs now and the case is still open. The case is out of Calif from 2007 and I've asked these questions to the Gov of Calif, both the current and past mayors of Los Angeles, both the past and present DA for Los Angeles. No one seems to want to answer me or just does not care. I'm asking for statues to reference. Can a lawsuit be filed for slander/defamation of character against the DDA? I found my name and a bunch of lies told against me on FEAR NOT LAW. Can you please answer this? Any help? Thanks for your time. JV
Dear JV: Askthejudge.info is an education website for and about teenagers and the laws that affect them. As such, we do not provide legal advice to adults or teens. Good luck. -ATJ.info