Young victims should have access to the legal system and other sensitive services needed to ensure their safety.Unfortunately, teens often face overwhelming obstacles to these basic legal protections, many of which are written into their states' laws.Normally, a simple assault that results in minor injury is a , punishable by not more than 1 year in a county jail and/or a fine of not more than ,000.Prior to 1995, the status of the law was that when parent divorced, one parent (generally the mom) was appointed the sole managing conservator and the other parent was appointed a possessory conservator (also known as the visiting parent).JMC simply means that the rights that were exclusive to the sole managing conservator under the old scenario can now be made (1) exclusive to one parent, (2) joint (meaning that both parents need to agree before a particular decision can be made for the child), or (3) independent (meaning that either parent can make a particular decision for the child, without the consent of the other parent).The rights and duties that now have to be allocated between the parents in a JMC are as follows: Unless limited by court order, a parent appointed as sole managing conservator of a child has the rights and duties provided by Subchapter B and the following exclusive rights: (1) the right to designate the primary residence of the child; (2) the right to consent to medical, dental, and surgical treatment involving invasive procedures, and to consent to psychiatric and psychological treatment; (3) the right to receive and give receipt for periodic payments for the support of the child and to hold or disburse these funds for the benefit of the child; (4) the right to represent the child in legal action and to make other decisions of substantial legal significance concerning the child; (5) the right to consent to marriage and to enlistment in the armed forces of the United States; (6) the right to make decisions concerning the child's education; (7) the right to the services and earnings of the child; and (8) except when a guardian of the child's estate or a guardian or attorney ad litem has been appointed for the child, the right to act as an agent of the child in relation to the child's estate if the child's action is required by a state, the United States, or a foreign government.In many cases, the police may arrest you with very little evidence if they feel you are being belligerent or difficult.
Simply poking someone in the chest with your finger can be considered assault. The police may arrest you on assault charges after an argument if they are called by neighbors, or just happen to be nearby.
As Divorce CORP, the documentary we participated in clearly demonstrates, the problems with minor's counsel remain legendary. Parent can either choose to believe "reform" is possible, (although after 40 years of no reform, why they would think so baffles us) or act to end a court with no due process.
They see their job is to make sure the child seldom if ever speaks to the judge. While some are content to complain, we believe the time to act is now.
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Break the Cycle believes teen victims of dating violence deserve the same legal protections that adult victims of domestic abuse receive.