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Can a teenager go in and pack one's things when being kicked out of their parents home?

Columbus, OH |

She is 12 years of age and has recently been kicked out of her home, but isn't allowed to go back and get her things. Is this legal?

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Her parents are still responsible for a 12 year old. They could be in trouble. But the child owns her possessions an d shod be allowed to collect them.


You can't just put a 12 year old child out of the home. What are they thinking? Is there anyone who can apply for custody or guardianship of the child? If children's services are called, she will probably wind up in foster care which isn't the optimal solution.

For informational purposes only; not intended to, and does not, constitute legal advice or a legal opinion.


Before worrying about her things, call Children's Services and get them involved. Putting a child out of their home is unthinkable. Someone needs to step up and think of this child's welfare first.

The information provided here is general in nature and is not to be considered legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is intended nor created. As an Ohio attorney not licensed in any other jurisdiction, any information provided here is solely based on Ohio law and general legal principals. The information provided here should not be put into practice without specifically consulting an attorney in your jurisdiction. Do not proceed without first discussing this matter with your own local attorney.

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