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    I'm 18 years old, and have less than 2 weeks left of high school. Every time I try and go do something over night with my boyfriend or friends without asking my mother for permission, she threatens to call the cops on me saying that " as long as I'm still in high school and living with her I still have to listen to everything she says or the cops will arrest me and bring me home." Is this legal or do I have the right to leave the house when I want to at age 18?

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    RE: 18 and still tied down

    Hi there,

    We're glad you contacted us at NRS. It sounds like there's been some conflict between you and your mom at home and you'd like to get a better idea of your rights. We want to note that we're not legal experts and if you would like legal advice, we encourage you to contact a legal expert or your local police department. What we can tell you is that you are considered a legal adult at the age of 18. So, a runaway report cannot be filed by your parents nor can anyone be forced to return home by the police for simply leaving the house.

    If you need additional support or resources, you can contact us 24/7 at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat with us at during the hours of 4:30pm-11:30pm. Take care and we wish you the best of luck.

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