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    I just turned 18 & it’s towards the end of my junior year of high school. I don’t want to live with my mom and her boyfriend because I really dislike him and I just don’t feel comfortable here anymore. And this summer my mom is letting me go to my girlfriends over the summer and I’ve been wanting to move in with her and stay when I go over there. And my mom says that I have to come back like she’s forcing me to come back. And I really don’t want to come back at all. What can i do

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  • ccsmod7
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    Hi there, thanks for reaching out today. Sounds like you have moved in with your boyfriend and are worried about what legal actions your parents might take.

    Alabama has the majority age of 19; which means it is the legal age you become an adult and can make your own decisions. However, the federal majority age is a year younger at 18. Therefore, it is up to local police with how they interpret the law and whether or not they would take a runaway report for a 18 year old.The best way to know how local police would respond to your situation is to call your local police and ask if they would take a runaway report for an 18 year old. If they will not take a runaway report for you, there is no legal action your parents can take and it would be considered moving out rather than running away. If they do take a runaway report for you and you are found by police they would typically return you home. There is something called harboring a runaway; which is a charge your parents can press against the legal adult who knowingly houses you as a runaway. So if local police would say that you are a runaway minor at 18; they would also consider your boyfriend a minor at 18 and he could not be charged with harboring a runaway as a minor.

    Please do not hesitate to call or chat us if you have more questions or if you need assistance reaching out to local police.

    We look forward to hearing from you.

    Best,

    NRS

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    i live in Alabama. i am 18 and will be 19 in November. i don't want to live at my parents house anymore. my boyfriend is also 18. he helped me leave. it is illegal to move out of your parents house? can my parents legally press charges on me for running away and kidnapping charges on my boyfriend for helping me leave and letting me stay at his house? is it legal for me just to leave?

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  • ccsmod7
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    Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you are in a difficult situation, and we understand it takes courage to reach out for help. The National Runaway Safeline is located in the United States of America (USA). Our knowledge of helpful community based resources and our understanding of youth in crisis related laws is limited to the USA. If you are located in a country outside of the USA, you can use this link to find a youth helpline in or around your country: https://www.childhelplineinternation...pline-network/.

    We hope that by reaching out to a local resource, you are able to get the support you need from an organization that understands the laws and circumstances that affect youth in your country.

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    I’m 19 and I live in Thailand now.
    my parents are really protective my father is Belgian and my mom is Thai.
    i asked her that if I can go out this Saturday the party starts at 10 pm and ends at 6 am . She said No so i asked her “what if I go” she replied “if you go then you don’t have to come back again,never again and you will be the one who destroyed the family”
    what should I do?

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  • ccsmod2
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    Thank you for reaching out to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand that it takes courage to seek help. We are very sorry to hear that your parents don't give you much freedom. In most states, one you turn 18 you are considered an adult and have the right to leave home without your parents permission. You could try asking your friends if they would allow you to stay with them until you find a job and can live on your own. If you parents try to stop you from leaving home, you have the right to contact the police. We could look into local youth shelters or transitional living programs for you as well. We hope that this information helps, please feel free to contact us directly via our 24 hour crisis hotline (1-800-786-2929), email, or live chat if you have any questions or just want to talk.

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    Guest replied
    Iam 18 ... my parents doesnt give much freedom as iam from indian typical family .... iam scared that whn i run police again get me back n snd home r track my call records n hurt my boyfrnd.... i want study in one of reputed cllg... i tried my bst to arrange n toom frnds help to get admission.... but parents always smthinh wrong.... n they also donot support
    ..... i just i want to live a independent life wud a part time job

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  • ccsmod0
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    Hello,
    Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. After reading over your question we have located a response that we think might be of some use to you. If you have any follow up questions please feel free to give us a call 1-800-786-2929.
    Originally posted by Guest View Post
    I'm 17 and I'm tired of being at home I'm not happy here and I'll be 18 in January can my grandma call the cops on me if I leave? I already have a house I can go to and I have a job waiting on me and I'm already getting my GED
    Hi,

    Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like things have been difficult at home lately with grandma. Home should be a place where you feel safe and loved. We are here to help you explore your options.

    You shared with us that you are considering leaving home before you turn 18. It’s understandable for you to feel frustrated and want a change from home. While we are not legal experts, generally speaking if you were to run away without your parent/legal guardian’s permission they could file a runaway report and if the police found you, they could make you go back home. Depending on what state you live in, if you are considered a legal adult at 18, then in January you would legally be allowed to leave home. It sounds like you are being very responsible in planning for your future, by working towards your GED and finding a place to stay.
    Some other options to consider could be speaking with your grandma to see if she would give you permission to leave before your 18th birthday or if she would allow you to stay with another family member until then. We could also help you look up youth shelters or alternative living arrangements (ALAs) in your area.
    If you would like further help exploring any of these options or others in more detail, please feel free to reach out to us directly by calling us at 1-800- RUNAWAY or chatting with us live on our website at www.1800.runaway.org. We look forward to hearing from you.
    Take care,

    NRS

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    I`m 17 and want move out after my junior year is over I will be getting a job as soon as i graduate from my junior year I will be 18 in two months can I legally move out without parental permission.

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  • ccsmod11
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    Hi there,

    Thanks for reaching out. We hope we can help. You're a legal adult in every state in the U.S., so no, you don't need parental permission to move out. Your parents have no legal standing to keep you in their home against your will at your age, and if your parents try to keep you home, you can call the police and they can escort you out of the home. If your parents try to report you missing, then you can simply tell the police that this is untrue.

    Best,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    I am 22 years old and still looking forward to move out of my parents house by this year , and moving in with my best friend to Philly and I cannot give my parents permission cause they'll freak out, so it's time to grow up and start my life newer, do they have the right to call the police or report missing ?

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  • ccsmod10
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    Hello,

    First of all thank you so much for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline!

    We here at NRS are not legal experts, but for the most part if you are 18 you are legally considered an adult. That means that you would be able to leave home without the consent of your guardians and without any police involvement. The fact that you’re still in school, shouldn’t affect the fact that you are still a legal adult. If you want to make sure that is the case, you can contact your local police department and ask them hypothetically if you are 18 whether or not you would get into legal trouble for leaving home. If you are uncomfortable with doing that feel free to contact us at any time to find that number for you and contact them on your behalf.

    -Best NRS

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    Guest replied
    If your 18 and you are still in school in NJ are you still considered a minor?

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  • ccsmod10
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    Hello,

    Thanks for reaching out to us for help. We are so sorry to hear about the situation at home with your parents, and specifically your mom. You don’t deserve to be treated badly, and it is totally understandable that you moved out.

    At the age of 18, you are considered a legal adult, if you live in a state that the age of majority is 18 (Mississippi’s age of majority is 21 and Alabama is 19). You have every right to move out of your mother’s house. She cannot force you to live at home. If you are unsure, you could always call your local police and ask them.

    It is good to hear that you have support from your fiancé and his mom. Your happiness and safety are extremely important, and it sounds like this move could be a new start for you.
    This is a really tough situation, and it takes strength to do what you are doing. If you need any resources or need to talk, don’t hesitate to give us a call any time.

    Stay safe, NRS

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    Guest replied
    hello, im 18 currently in a bad situation.
    I want to leave my parents house and move in with my boyfriend whom recently is my fiance. I tried leaving the other day and my mother tried beating on me for leaving, said if i wanted to leave id have to get beaten first. I tried calling the cops but she broke my phone. Also my fiance lives with his mom but helps pay bills, shes fine with me moving in.

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