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A court may decide that you are a “child in need of supervision,” known as CHINS.
Once the court does this, the court will have authority over you and can decide where you will live and what you will do. A minor's guardian may control delivery of mail addressed to the minor.
Parents may choose to send their children to a public, private, denominational, or parochial school.
If certain requirements are met, parents may also teach their children at home. Additionally, Virginia law states that parents of students enrolled in a public school have responsibilities to “assist the school in enforcing the standards of student conduct and compulsory school attendance.” ( § 22.1-279.3).
A general definition of child abuse is harm or threat of harm to the health and welfare of a child.
If you continue serious disobedience, your parents may seek intervention by the juvenile court.
Persons reporting in good faith are immune from civil and criminal liability pursuant to § 63.2-1512.
If you are abused or neglected, you should report it to law enforcement personnel or to another trusted adult.
A minor may become emancipated on the basis of intent to marry if it’s the minor’s own will to marry, the individuals getting married are mature enough to make that decision, the marriage does not endanger the minor’s safety, and it is in the minor’s best interest to be emancipated. First, they must ensure you are enrolled in school.
Anyone between the ages of five and 17 is required to attend school.
This is a Class 1 misdemeanor and is punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $2,500 fine.