CanI get sued by my minor girlfriend’s parents for getting her pregnant with her consent?

We’re both 15 and want to have a child but she’s scared that I can get sued. Can I legally have a child and if they kick her out can she come live with me?

Asked on September 18, 2011 under Criminal Law, California

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Okay, so this is a "what if" question BEFORE you have to write here to ask for help when it actually occurs.  Yes, you can be sued civilly in these matters.  What will probably happen first is that you will be arrested by the police and charged with some form of sexual assault.  I do not care if you tell them that it was consensual.  And if you are convicted then you will probably have to register as a sex offender for THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.  Quite a scary thought considering you are 15.  If that happens then you will most likely find it very difficult to get a job and most likely be prevented from seeing your child.  Yes, it can happen. I understand how much you must really love each other but think of your future as well as hers.  It can also be very dangerous for a 15 year old to give birth so think of that as well here.  You are not in any position to brng a child in to this world and really it is not fair to the child.  Enjoy your child hood.  You have a lifetime to share ahead of you.  Good luck.


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