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  • Moving out at 17?

    I realize that there are already a lot of threads like the one I am starting, but I felt my situation is kind of unique.

    I live with my mother in Minnesota.We don't get along very well and she is very controlling.

    I will be graduating high school this spring (2015) and will only be 17. I want to move out as soon as possible, but am unsure if I can? I won't turn 18 until October, so I would have already started college by then. The closest college to where we live is over an hour away, (I don't even have my license) so I will NEED to move out in order to attend. Is there any way she can force me to stay at home until I turn 18, even if it means not attending college? Do I have any rights at all to move out of the house if I am graduated from high school?

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    re: Moving out at 17?

    Hi there,

    Thanks for reaching out tonight. It sounds like you're going through a lot with your mom. It's smart of you to ask these questions because you're trying to put together a solid plan in terms of your education and your well-being. Let's see how we can help you out tonight.

    We aren't legal experts here so it's difficult for us to answer specifically. In general, if you leave home before you turn 18, your mom has the right to file a runaway report with the police. If the police find you, then they could force you back all the way until you turn 18. It's not illegal for you to run, but you could be forced back. The reason for that is because your mom is legally responsible for you until you become a legal adult yourself. So, in general, yes she could keep you at home even if it means not being about to go to college.

    In terms of your rights in this situation, it's difficult to say. If you're looking for a more specific answer, that's a good idea. You can contact your local police department by searching online for their non emergency number. You can ask them your questions. If you don't feel comfortable doing that yourself, you can call us 24 hours a day at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) and we can call the police with you.

    We're here to support you through this and help you get the answers that you deserve. Please don't hesitate to call us. We are confidential and anonymous. If calling isn't your thing, you can chat with us through our website ( from 4.30pm to 11.30pm central time. We look forward to your call or chat.

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