getting back at the parents

July 25, 2006 12:32am CST
i want to know if a 17 year old can sue their parents for theft of the 17 year old property. meaning that they have taken it away, and either destroyed it or sold it or given it away as a punishment for the 17 year olds own mistakes.
8 responses
• Philippines
23 Jan 09
I THINK. it's better if you were of legal age, because--you're still [technically] a minor, and won't filing lawsuits require permissions from adults then? Don't ask me; I don't know. I said I just thought it would be that way.
17 Jan 09
What an odd question. In this world where children are being abused and even killed at the hands of bad parenting I find it odd that someone would want to sue their parents based on an act that was possibly just a punishment to teach them right from wrong. Generally speaking, a minor's possesions are owned by the parents. So that would be a no go area. If you are having problems at home perhaps talk to someone at school or another family member or friend. Sueing is really not the way to go in disputes.
@Sporks19 (17)
• United States
16 Jan 09
Who paid for the property? If you parents purchased it then no you can not sue them for theft. It isn't a wise idea to sue your parents to begin with. If this is like a I skipped school so my mom said no video games and took them away type question then NO you can not sue them for that, that is just parenting. Sorry
• India
22 Dec 06
wow.....thats realy starnge
28 Jul 06
If you own the property, the property, isnt legally theirs to sell, so the person who brought it from your parents wouldnt leagally own it. However as your only 17 this rule may not apply depending on what country you live in etc. I personnally would talk to a solicitor/lawyer/attorny but I guess it depends on why they sold it in the first place i.e what you have done and whether you want to drag that through the courts.
@Andy77 (432)
• United States
28 Jul 06
Minors under the age of 18 usually aren't allowed to own property originally purchased by their parents. The parents own it. May I ask why you're being punished? Maybe I can help you talk with them.
@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
25 Jul 06
A child of any age can sue their parents. However, you childs full case relies on what he can prove. Was the punishments aboive and beyond what can be considered a reasonable punishment. The personal property that you sold, were the items that you bought or he bought? What state are you in? Has he filed a suit yet? If so, what exactly is he suing for, just the property?
@QnAQueen (555)
• United States
25 Jul 06
being a minor, i don't think he has a fighting chance.