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Tracy Lee Reid

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  • If my child is a run away am I liable financially if he does anything wrong

    My child has been a run away for about a month now, the police recently brought me his cell phone they found near a car with a dent on the hood of it, assuming whomever owned the phone did the damage. The owners called the police did not see anyth...

    Tracy’s Answer

    That sounds like a really difficult and scary situation. I have pasted below the law in Washington regarding parental liability for the acts of a minor child. You can see that it references a child "living with a parent or parents."

    A child who is a run away often comes and goes, and still considers the parent's home to be their residence. If a person is injured or harmed by a minor child, the injured person will want to obtain compensation from the parent by arguing that the minor child lives with the parent, as required by the law. Because I don't know much about your situation, I cannot advise you on whether or not your child "lives with" you for that part of the legal analysis.

    RCW 4.24.190 is the law on parent liability for the acts of the minor child:

    The parent or parents of any minor child under the age of eighteen years who is living with the parent or parents and who shall willfully or maliciously destroy or deface property, real or personal or mixed, or who shall willfully and maliciously inflict personal injury on another person, shall be liable to the owner of such property or to the person injured in a civil action at law for damages in an amount not to exceed five thousand dollars. This section shall in no way limit the amount of recovery against the parent or parents for their own common law negligence.

    [Note: There may be other laws, cases, and regulations that affect any situation. This post is intended as a starting point, not an end point, in your analysis. If something has happened that has caused you to be worried that you are going to be sued, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible so that evidence can be gathered quickly, and all claims and defenses can be analyzed.]

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  • 16yr old missing prescribed medications during weekend visitation w/ father constantly happening, what can I do?

    My 16 yr old is on prescribed medication for ADHD and Depression he misses some if not all his medications on his weekend visits with his father,This has been going on for a year I have asked/emailed/texted his father/step-mom repeatedly to make s...

    Tracy’s Answer

    This is a complicated question. Child medications are difficult to monitor and enforce. First, document what you've done to get your spouse to comply with the doctor's orders. If you have exhausted all you know to do (within reason), go to Court and request a Guardian Ad Litem be appointed, and the Court to order medication compliance. If that does not work, I recommend getting an attorney.

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  • I have contract for deed morgage can i apply for food samp

    our income about $1800 and we are 4 hus and wife with 2 children can we apply for foodsamp and cash assistance but we have contract for deed for our house and when we took the house there were lower tannent she will leave after 3 monthes and ...

    Tracy’s Answer

    Yes, you can apply for public assistance. If you used a Combined Application Form, you can apply for cash MFIP assistance, medical assistance, and food stamps. You may also be eligible for emergency assistance. Home ownership does not preclude families from receiving needed assistance in Minnesota.

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  • What are my child's father's rights? We are unmarried and have no legal agreement.

    He is not on the birth certificate, and has not signed the recognition of parentage.

    Tracy’s Answer

    Your child is in your sole legal and physical custody until such time as paternity is adjudicated or a ROP is signed. At that time, he may petition for custody and parenting time. When paternity is adjudicated by court or established by ROP, the child support obligation may be established.

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  • I was molested as a child multiple times by my (now) ex-step dad.

    He went to prison for 9 years and was released to a state hospital because a psych evaluation said that he wasnt fit for society yet. I have no money for counseling or meds to treat my ADHD and depression (both caused by the tramatic events) what ...

    Tracy’s Answer

    I recommend you talk to a personal injury attorney who has experience helping victims of sexual assault. I cannot give you the odds of your recovery, which often depends on the financial solvency of the individual you have sued. You should talk to an experienced personal injury attorney before more time lapses, as claims can become barred by too long of passage of time.

    In addition to your pursuit in Court, I recommend contacting the Ramsey County Sexual Offense Services for crisis help, advocacy. You should inquire as to whether you would qualify for Medical Assistance through the County to obtain needed counseling and assistance. https://www.co.ramsey.mn.us/ph/hs/sos.htm

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  • Life Threatened.

    What can you do to someone who threatens your life? Not specifically but just refers them making comments about killing you? I have proof on email and a witness when it happened via phone - it isn't the first time.

    Tracy’s Answer

    I recommend you call 1.800.334.2836, a statewide hotline in Georgia that can refer you to an advocate in your area that can answer these questions and help you make informed decisions about keeping yourself safe.

    Here is the website for the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, if you'd like to read more. http://www.gcadv.org/

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  • What are the consequences for breaking the child abuse law.

    what are the consequences for breaking the child abuse law. wat is the law and what happens to the person who abuses the child emotional, sexually, physically, neglect ect

    Tracy’s Answer

    The answers are various, depending on the violation. Here is a quick summary of the law, with reference to the statute number. http://law.findlaw.com/state-laws/child-abuse/new-york/

    Here is a useful guide published by the NY Office of Children & Family Services. http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/prevention/critical.asp

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  • How long do i have to wait to modify child support after a do it yourself divorce

    I agreed to a specific amount during the divorce but want more so how long do I have to wait to modify the support

    Tracy’s Answer

    Whether you can bring a motion to modify child support depends not only on time, but what factors have changed that warrant a modification.

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  • I have a student that is being psychologically, emotionally, and physically abused, but there is not much physical evidence.

    I have a 10 yr old student who was recently adopted and came to America from an orphanage in Eastern Europe, named "Ella." There is strong evidence that her adoptive mother is emotionally, psychologically and now beginning to physically abuse her...

    Tracy’s Answer

    Your diligence is both commendable, and required. New York requires mandatory reporters (including school personnel) to reports cases of suspected child maltreatment and abuse. If you suspect it is occurring, and should report now. The law was written to require immediate reporting in part to prevent delays in child protection investigations. I have attached a link to a helpful guide for NY mandated reporters that provides questions to ask to determine if what you have observed is the type of treatment that rises to level of a required report. http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/publications/pub1159text.asp

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  • How do I report a minor who is sexually abusing another minor

    I have a 3 year old daughter and we have witnesses and evidence that her 6-year-old cousin is trying to get her to play "sex games" with her. This is past kissing and hugging, I'm talking full-blown sexual contact. She was caught trying to get my ...

    Tracy’s Answer

    The best thing you can do is place the needs of the children first. If you believe a child is being sexually abused by an adult or a child, you should call Child Protective Services. The phone number for Indiana Child Protective Services is 1-800-800-5556.

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