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I'm 16 and I'm wanting to not live with my parents anymore.

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  • I'm 16 and I'm wanting to not live with my parents anymore.

    Im 16 and I live in Oklahoma, I'm wanting to live with a friend and not live with my parents anymore. As it illiagal to just move out? Or am I old enough just to say I just want to live with them anymore.

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    Thank you for your post! It sounds like you want to move out. You ask a good question. 18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. We are not legal experts here but we can speak in general terms. Since you are 16, if youmove in with your friend without permission, your parents file a runaway report with the police. What actions the police take once you are filed as a runaway can vary a lot from state to state and even city to city so we cannot predict exactly what would happen in your case. Generally speaking, if you encounter a police officer while reported as a runaway, you will likely be returned home. Another thing to consider is that while running away is not a crime, a legal adult who allows you to stay with them may be putting themselves at risk for being charged with harboring a runaway, which means your friend could get in trouble for taking you in if your parents press charges.If you have questions or want to talk about your situation, we are here 24/7 to take your call. We are here to listen and support you in any way that we can. We wish you the best of luck and hope to hear from you soon.
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