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5 Laws You Should Know If You Are the Parent of a Teenager

By Christopher Coble, Esq. on September 13, 2016 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

It ain't easy being a teen. And it sure ain't easy raising one, especially in this day and age. Between camera phones, social media, and access to automobiles, it feels like there are more ways for teenagers to get into trouble than ever before.

So how do you keep your teenager out of harm's way? And which laws might land them in trouble? Here's a look at five laws parents should know about, from our archives.

1. Parents Can Be Arrested for Drunk Teen Parties

We all want our kids to like us, and maybe you think hosting the party can help you keep tabs on your teen and others to keep them out of trouble. But being the cool parents can backfire in some bad ways.

2. School Cell Phone Policies: 7 Common Rules

Just because you told your teenager they could have an iPhone doesn't mean she's allowed to use it in class. Schools are trying to do their part to keep kids focused in class and safe at the same time.

3. More Teen Sexting Leads to More Child Porn Charges

One of the main reasons schools are worried about teenagers using cell phones is what they're using them for. Just one photo sent from boyfriend to girlfriend could have your child registering as a sex offender.

4. Can Parents Kick Teens out of Their Home?

Most parents have at least thought about it; some parents have threatened their kids with it; and I'm sure a few parents have even gone through with it. But in almost all cases, kicking a child out of your house is a crime.

On the other hand, your teenager may legally be able to move out on their own accord as young as 16. Find out what "emancipation of a minor" means.

Every parent has found themselves at their wit's end with a child at some point. And if you find yourself with legal questions regarding your teenager, you can find answers by consulting with an experienced family law attorney near you.

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