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What can parents of a pregnant minor do if she and her boyfriend run away and get married?

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2009-02-02 14:30:34
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If he is over 16 and you are under 16 then yes -- it is called statutory rape. If you are over the age required in a state to get married, then there is nothing they can do about it. Remember though, pregnancy is NOT a reason to get married. A minor pregnant or not cannot be legally married in a state where they have not established residency with their parents or legal guardian. If minors cross state lines without parental permission regardless of the circumstances, they are in violation of federal law (18 USC 2243, 18 USC 2423) and can be taken apprehended and remanded to the custody of their home state's juvenile authorities. hi, just joined so not proficient @ how to add my own answer- in other words this is not from previous person, anyway in Texas if a girl becomes pregnant (unless incest/statutory rape(that is reported as such, b/c most aren't) she is then considered an "emancipated minor", although if very young CPS will get involved . When she comes to our L&D unit, she must sign all her own paperwork and make all decisions for herself- many times we ask nicely (or find a reason for a controlling mother to leave) while personal ?'s are asked. We insist that the girl (even as young as 14y/o), if planning on keeping her baby, take complete responsibility and the young father- if still around do the same. This is rare(non-existent, basically) by delivery time. My hubby being an OB/GYN for 26 yrs. & seeing these girls several months after delivery, and my being an L&D nurse for 15yrs., never see the same guy/girl still 2gether. Unfortunately, she is usually preg. by another guy @ this point, her mom is taking care of everyone & will continue to do so b/c these "relationships " don't last. Most of these girls have not had a TRUE father in their life & they feel sex/preg. will either get a man to love them or a baby will give her something to love, that loves her back. Sorry girls, but babies don't love- they cry, poop & eat for a very long time b4 they can ever give love. Many times i have heard the guy talking to his friends via cell & bragging about getting another "bit--" pregnant. it's almost like a game to them and the girls nor kids ever see 1 dime. They do however see their body distorted in most cases 4ever and the guy w/ a new girl w/i 6 mths. or less. These guys are also many times overage & could be prosecuted, but in most cases aren't nor are they sued for child support- they don't have $ anyway, but a long stint in jail until able to pay may teach them and their friends a lesson (1 that lasts 18 yrs.+) the grandma is not only flipping the bills, but if she has a legit. job then her & everyone else that is employed will be paying for all of his "belt notches" & their kids. Check out the statistics today on how long & how many marriages last if you marry as a teen( or even early twenties)- esp. if a baby is the motivation. good luck, there's an exception to everything and i wish all 3 of you good luck.

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