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    I can't stay at home any longer, due to my fathers' actions. I have coped for far too long now and only just, have I realised I need to move out, but I'm not sure what's right or wrong.
    I'm 15 years old, turning 16 in March.
    I want the opportunity every child should have, an education. I feel as though my fathers' actions are effecting my whole self. My moods, my education, my thoughts and my head mentally. I'm always feeling depressed and I can't concentration at school. My real GCSEs exams are so close and I want to give the best I can but knowing I have to come home to my dad everyday, is dragging me down. I have spoke to another family member about this, my auntie and she says she's happy to take me in and provide me with everything I need.
    Would I be able to move in with my auntie? This would really be a big impact on me and gave me every opportunity to get my head together for these exams that will determine the rest of my life. Hopefully I'll be able to succeed with a successful future.
    Can someone please help?

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    Re: I can't stay at home any longer.

    Thank you very much for reaching out to us. It sounds like you have been coping with a very difficult situation and we are here to listen and help. We are glad that you’ve been able to cope so far, given that your father’s actions have affected every aspect of your life. You do have the right to the opportunities that every child should have, and we hear you when you say that your whole self is affected.
    In answer to your questions, we must say that we are not legal experts, however, there may be a way to live with your aunt, but it depends on the laws in your state. In all states, your legal parent or guardian is responsible for you until you reach the age of majority (which varies by state), so going to your aunt’s without his permission does give him the right to have you returned.
    Your post shows you to be a very intelligent and self-aware person. These are some of your strengths. This is what has helped you cope so far. You’ve done an excellent job thinking about how your situation is impacting you. Would you be able to call our hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY? We would then be able to explore your options in a more specific way. You are coping with a lot, and feeling depressed is and having difficulty concentrating are important issues. We want you to have a successful future. We hope very much that you call us. We are here for you 24/7 because you matter to us.
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

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