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  • Moving out age 16.

    Im 16 years old and go to school online, penn foster. I also work fulltime, i can support myself, also trying to start my own clothing brand to help support myself. I dont wanna get emancipated as it takes forever, tho ill have parent consent most likely. (I dont know how long this takes with or without consent), Im in chicago IL, i would like to move out on my own, and go live with friends in a different state, im basicly wondering if i can leave home (with or without consent of parent) and go out of state and stay with friends. I plan to work fulltime where i stay, and finish my school online. If i cant leave home im wondering what trouble ill be in if i choice to leave anyways. Also any other info you wanna give me that might be helpful.

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    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. We are not legal experts, but we can tell you that because you are a minor, if you leave home and your parents file a runaway report, you could be returned home. There could also be legal consequences for whomever you stay with for what is called harboring a runaway. If you got parental consent to live on your own, though, you would be able to. If you want a liner to help you walk through other options like us mediating a conference call between you and your parents to ask about moving out, thinking through possible adults that you could turn to or could advocate for you, or more information on emancipation and legal aid numbers, don't hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929).


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