What can I do if my parents are getting an ex parte order to keep me from seeing my boyfriend?

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What can I do if my parents are getting an ex parte order to keep me from seeing my boyfriend?

He has never physically sexually or emotionally abused or assaulted me. He is over 18 and lives in another state. I’m 17 but I’m turning 18 in less than 2 months. What does this ex parte order mean? Can I still text and call him? Isn’t this a temporary order – what happens when it expires and when will it expire? Can my parents get a restraining order against him without my permission if I’m 2 months away from turning 18? What should I do? He’s not a bad person they just don’t like him.

Asked on October 27, 2014 under Criminal Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Until you are emancipated (e.g. until you turn 18; and possibly longer, if you continue to live with them and be supported by them), your parents can control you in this way, including banning you from seeing your boyfriend. Once you are emancipated, they cannot. If you want to understand how and when you can be emancipated, and the consequences of being emancipated (e.g. no more support), speak with a family law attorney.


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