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I'm 16 and pregnant and want to move out, can I?

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    I live in Florida and I just found out I’m pregnant between Im 16 year’s old I just don’t feel comfortable living in a household with my family because of the way they treat me and they always threaten to kick me out if I ever get pregnant but I just wanted to know if I would able to stay with my soon to be baby father his families are more supportive and a caring family he’s also a minor but we chose to have the baby

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    • ccsmod13
      ccsmod13 commented
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      Hi there,

      Thank you for reaching out to NRS and sharing your situation. It sounds like things are difficult at home and it makes sense that you would look for other living options.

      We're not legal experts here, but since the age of majority is 18 in Florida, your parents are legally responsible until then. Of course, it is important that you feel that you live in a safe environment with the emotional and physical resources you need to succeed. One option is to live with your boyfriend’s family. If his family agrees, and your parents agree, you can live with them, but some legal proceedings may be required to ensure that you can enroll in school or get medical care when you need it. If interested in legal help, we are happy to provide a legal aid resource to you if you contact us directly by phone or live chat. Legal aid can often provide free or low cost advice and legal services.

      Another option is emancipation. Since you are 16, you can petition for emancipation if you can prove that you are able to financially support and take care of yourself and your baby. Legal aid can also help you with this process if you are interested.

      NRS is here 24/7 and entirely anonymous and confidential if you would like to discuss your options as well as receive any additional referrals and resources. We can be reached at 1-800-786-2929 or via our online chat services at www.1800runaway.org.

      Best of luck,
      National Runaway Safeline
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