My question involves guardianship in the State of: North Carolina
I have a 16 year old son that is on a path of self destruction. For the past 2-3 years his behavior has deteriorated to the point that we don't know what to do. Last year, he pulled a knife on me after a dispute over a cell phone. He spent Dec 2008 in juvenile detention. Then was transferred from there to a drug rehab facility from January - June 2009. None of that helped. He is still using drugs, and getting more & more engaged in criminal behavior including:
- Drug dealing
- Robbing other kids
- Stealing from me & other family members
- Property damage
- Driving car w/o permission or license
He was just recently in court for a drug posession charge (I reported him after I told him that if he brings drugs into my house again, I call the cops). All he got was a large fine/legal bill. I don't think any probation was discussed.
He spent 2 days in jail on this charge too. Nothing phases this kid.
He is failing out of school and is essentially holding my family hostage with his behavior. He rarely follows any rules and is easily pushed to violence. We have spent several thousand dollars on mental health treatment for him. So far nothing has worked, and we are tapped out financially.
We also have a 14 year old son in the house. This boy is polar opposite of his older brother. He is a good kid, with good grades & friends.
We are at the end our rope with this kid and are very concerned about our safety with him around (either from him, or some drug-deal-gone-bad where someone breaks in for revenge. He routinely sells kids fake drugs to steal their money.)
So, my question is at what age can we legally kick him out? I am getting conflicting information. I thought it was 18.