Can a parent kick out their minor child?

Asked on July 23, 2015 under Criminal Law, Virginia


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

To kick a minor child (under 18 in most states) out of the house constitutes the crime of child abandonment. And abandonment can be broadly construed; it can mean leaving your child with a neighbor and not communicating with them; failing to support to them financially and the like.

Note: That having been said, if your child has put you in fear for your personal safety, you can call the police and your child can be removed from your home.

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