My question involves juvenile law in the State of: California
My stepdaughter is 17 and will be turning 18 at the end of October (next month). She just started her senior year of high school. She lives with her evil mother, a convicted felon (guilty by welfare fraud), in California.
I found out from her yesterday that a couple months ago, she accidentally backed her mother and stepfather's new 2007 leased pick-up truck into a pole. Her mother told her she must pay for the repair and therefore will owe her $2,000 in May of next year (2009). Being that the truck is leased, it is due back to the dealership in June 2009 and must be returned in "mint condition."
If my stepdaughter wants to leave her mother's at the end of next month when she turns 18, is she in any way legally obligated to pay her mother for the repair?
Her mother is being highly unreasonable and unrealistic about the daughter's ability to pay $2,000 by next May when the kid is a full-time high school senior juggling a part-time $8-an-hour job with homework, paying her own cell phone bill, paying for her own auto insurance, paying for gas for a 15-miles-to-the-gallon tank, paying maintenance and any other potential repairs on the truck, and paying for her own clothes (when my husband is sending $800 a month to her mother which should cover that).