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  • I'm 15, I don't want to live with my parents

    It's really hard for me to live with my parents, I've been wanting to find a way that can legally allow me to leave the house. my mom just keeps lecturing me constantly and trying to control everything, she doesn't really ever just back off and let me try to take on different responsibilities or make certain choices. I'm genuinely really scared of her because a lot of the things that make me happy, like hanging out at my best friends house, are things she can take away if I upset her. I've been feeling very depressed because of how she is and my mental state just keeps getting worse. I've had a talk with her once about how I'd really like to live with my best friend and how I'm not happy here but it just turned into a big arguement. My best friend and his family would be fine having me live there, we've discussed it before. I just don't know what to do... if there isn't anything I can do I'm just going to try and tough it out until I'm 18 but it's going to be really difficult.

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    Hi there,
    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. It seems there is a lot that you are faced with right now and you’re feeling like leaving is one of your only options. It seems you want to know some information on runaway laws.
    While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.
    We are here as support to help through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email to assist you. If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon.
    Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); (click on the chat button).
    If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.
    Be safe,

    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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