I am a pregnant 15 year old, who will shortly become a resident of Texas. My adult boyfriend who is the Father, does not know my real age. I may be able to get parental consent for marriage, if so I assume he will be able to avoid any charges in our home state. He does not know, of the baby yet neither. I do want to get married, and I also want to avoid any charges for him. With the marriage laws of Texas, I assume this should work.
You have to be 16 before your parents can consent.
You need to know: your friend has committed a criminal act. Mistake about your age is not a defense. It was a crime. He needs a lawyer.
Knowledge is power. Hire a professional to listen to all of the facts and help you make informed decisions.
The father is going to prison if this happened in Texas. I guess you could get married in the future, but he may be in prison for a while. If I were him, I wouldn't move here / maybe find a more forgiving State for child predators.
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Stop lying to this man. He needs to know your age and that you are pregnant. No marriage founded on two huge lies can succeed.
You need to be 16 to marry with parental consent.
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You can get married in Texas with parental consent when you are 16. But your assumption that he can avoid charges even after marriage is wrong. He committed a very serious offense. DNA evidence can prove that he is the father and therefore committed aggravated sexual assault of a child. In Texas, that is a first degree felony that carries a maximum punishment of life in prison.
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