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Quote of the Day - The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents and the last half by our children. - Clarence Darrow
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A Parent's Nightmare Come True. What Would You Do?

If you're a parent, read on. If you're an under-18 child of a parent, read on. Better yet, read the introduction to this court opinion first.

No, this post is not rated, but if it was, it would be rated G. The court's opinion, on the other hand, could qualify as NC-17.

You can always tell a lot from the first line of court opinions. This one gives no doubt about the outcome: "This case is a parent's nightmare come true."

Daughter, 16, started dating a 15-year old boy. Her grades declined, she failed three classes, skipped school and had a series of behavioral problems with her parents. Guessing that the boyfriend was the root of the problem, Mom banned daughter from dating boyfriend.

Boyfriend, in turn, wrote threatening letters to Mom, including "fantastical" schemes including murdering the parents and other "vitriolic" threats.

Mom got an injunction, preventing boyfriend from contacting daughter, Mom and Dad.

Boyfriend appealed the injunction, claiming it violated his first amendment rights.

As foreshadowed above, boyfriend lost. That is until daughter reaches 18, when she reaches majority, and the Court set the injunction to expire. As the Court noted, "She will then have the right and responsibility to make her own decisions; her parents' role will become one of influence and persuasion, rather than direction and control. Of course, Danielle could seek to renew the injunction for a period beyond her eighteenth birthday."

What would you advise Daughter Danielle to do?

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