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What are the main sections of the Parent Liability Child's Act?

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Did your child do it? Then you, the parent, are responsible. That is basically the foundation behind parental liability. “Responsibility” means that you must pay for any damage your child causes, whether that damage occurs through negligence or through intentional criminal acts your child commits. Parental liability typically begins when between the ages of eight and ten of a child, depending on the state. A parent remains responsible for the acts committed by their children until that child reaches an “Age of Majority,” typically between ages eighteen and twenty-one, again, depending on the laws of particular states. Also dependent on state law is the threshold for damages incurred and the inclusion of personal injury claims in the tort.

Hawaii has the oldest set of laws on the books regarding parental liability. Enacted in 1846, Hawaii’s parental liability laws are also the most broadly applied; these laws set no limits on financial claims, as well as allowing claims of both...

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my stepson beat me up. His father did nothing to stop him. He blamed me for all of it. My husband told the police he watched the whole thing. what should ii do?