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    I wasn't sure which category this would come under, I have loads of problems at home with my mum. One minute she's acceptive and buying me a new load of art supplies and the next watching me have a breakdown and storming out because I shouldn't be like this and it's my fault I am. She explodes every other minute and it's really stressful on my mental health. She often blames school even though I have made it explicitly clear that school is only half the problem. I lived with my aunt and uncle for 3 months over lockdown due to my uncle still working as a long distance lorry driver and my cousin have disabilities and it was great but I had to leave because my mum insisted I had to be home for the summer holidays. I want to move back in with them and they have said before that they would happily take me in but I know my mum would never let that slide. Am i allowed to move in with them? Is it legal? Since I'm only 16 does my mum have rights over me? My dad's dead so I can't live with him either.

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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 forum 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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