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Is it legal in Ohio for a 17 year old to live on their own? Can I get out of my house

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  • Is it legal in Ohio for a 17 year old to live on their own? Can I get out of my house

    Hello, I am a 17 year old girl living in Ohio. I have issues with my family and how they treat me. They are not really abusive, however, they are very critical and I have difficulties coping with it. I have been to different therapy groups and have learned skills, and yet I am still having difficulty because despite all the effort I am putting into trying to make everything at my home alright, my parents are not putting in any it feels like. I want to know if I can legally leave home, and if not, if I am able to get out of my house any other way.

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    RE: Is it legal in Ohio for a 17 year old to live on their own? Can I get out of my h

    Thanks for reaching out to us for help. It sounds like you are having a really tough time at home. You said you have been going to therapy and trying to cope with the situation, but it is still hard. That sounds really difficult. We are glad that you reached out to us for help. Since you are under the age of 18, if you leave home you could be considered a runaway. This means that your parents could call the police, who might force you to return home. Running away is not a crime, however anyone who allows you to stay with them could risk criminal charges for harboring a runaway.
    We are not legal experts. Laws are different from state to state, county to county, city to city. In some areas, police might not take a runaway report for youth who are close to turning 18, or they might take a report but not force a youth to return home. How a local police department responds to the situation can vary drastically. A good way to find out the laws in your area is to call your local police and ask what their policies are. You also asked about ways to get out of your house. One option cold be to find activities that let you spend more time away, like after school programs or a job. We are here to listen and support you in any way that we can, and we can help you come up with options and resources to deal with your situation. We are looking forward to hearing from you soon.
    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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