Youth Rights & Emancipation

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Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.

If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

If you don"t have money for your child"s needs, you can apply for aid.

Civil harassment is abuse, threats of abuse, stalking, sexual assault, or serious harassment by someone you have not dated and do NOT have a close relationship with, like a neighbor, a roommate, or a friend (that you have never dated). It is also civil harassment if the abuse is from a family member (like an uncle or aunt, a niece or nephew, or a cousin).

As a student, you have rights at school: dress codes & uniforms, student expression, searches of students, school discipline, cell phone privacy, LGBTQ, pregnant & parenting students, social media, foster youth, file a complaint.

If you're being questioned, detained, or arrested.

ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial.

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What kind of support can I expect from the other parent? What if we are not married? What if the other parent and I don"t agree about important decisions in our child"s life?

The materials on this page address some of the federal and state laws that impact access to adolescent medical records and help clarify when parents, teens and others may access an adolescent"s record.

You have the right to receive an equal education.

Emancipation is a way for children to become adults before 18.

Read about your rights in all aspects of life.

The Fair Play Act is a CA law that requires equal treatment of girls and boys in community youth competitive athletics programs hosted by Parks & Rec Departments of California.

This publication gives an overview of the federal and state provisions requiring schools to protect students from anti-LGBT harassment and discrimination.

Not sure if you're pregnant? Info about health care options.

Identify abuse and know your relationship type.

Fighting, gangs, school attendance, juvenile court.

What is the school and officers allowed to do?

Info about sex ed, age of consent, LGBTQ, HIV/AIDS, condoms, birth control, abortion, pregnancy, emergency contraception, sexting.

If you participate in the Foster care system, learn about your options and rights under the law.

Get information about receiving Medi-Cal coverage until age 26 regardless of income and how to apply for the FFY program.

Opting out and taking action with recruiters.

Your rights when pregnant in foster care, detention, or probation.

Info about abortion, adoption, counseling, and services for you.

This guide discusses privacy-related laws in education and covers emerging issues in security and informational privacy. The issues covered here pertain to students in the K-12 grades as well as college-level records.

Patient confidentiality for teens, sexual health medical care, abortion access, sex education, and insurance considerations.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

Your rights as a parent within the juvenile justice system.

The relevant legal rules in the state's laws.

Are you being forced to sext? Are they threatening to share it with everyone?

Sexual harassment is a serious problem for students at all educational levels.

If you have a problem or just want to talk with another teen who understands, then this is the right place for you! Call, Text, or Email. Check out "Ask TEEN LINE", find resources in Youth Yellow Pages, or join conversations with other teens on message boards.

What are your rights on the job?

Read the laws about: abortion, abuse, healthcare confidentiality, delinquency, dependency, mental health, consent, reproductive health, school health services, and STDs.

Getting a restraining order to protect yourself is not just for adults or people who are married. Many states understand that young people are experiencing abuse, and have made sure that their laws allow teens and young adults to be protected.

You have rights to care regardless of your identity.

What are the responsibilities of the complainant, the local agency, and the California Department of Education?

Emancipation is a legal process that frees a child who is between the ages of 14-17 from the custody and control of their parent(s) or guardian.

Facts about the legal and financial responsibilities of parenthood.