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  • 16, Can I live on my own?

    I know living on my own is a huge step for anyone, but my mother can be verbally abusive at times and it stresses me out a lot. It's been happening for a long time, and my mom has intermittent explosive disorder and it can cause huge problems in our relationship. Also, her parents who have dementia and live in our home always side with her -since they were also abusive in ways. I'm wondering what the legal ramifications are if I decide to move out and live on my own. I know with an adult's co-signature I could rent an apartment, and I get money from the government. I was wondering if I could collect the checks myself if I left home, even though I'm two years away from being a legal adult. My father passed away so the only possible solution would be me living with a friend or on my own. I'm in Florida. Any help would be appreciated.
    Last edited by ccsmod4; 08-04-2017, 01:49 AM.

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    Reply: 16, Can I live on my own?

    Hello,
    Thanks for contacting the National Runaway Safeline.

    You mentioned wanting to know how you can leave home before turning 18. The easiest way to leave home is with your parent’s permission. We understand that might be challenging, however, maybe there’s another family member, relative, or a family friend who could help to communicate your plan.

    The second way is through Child Protective Services if safety is a concern.
    Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 (To file child abuse report)

    Lastly, you can also look into emancipation options. In most states you need to be at least 16 to be considered and demonstrate that you can support yourself financially and independently.
    Emancipation often can be a lengthy process and may even cost some money for court fees.
    We would be happy to look into legal resources if that’s something you are considering.

    Please reach out soon so that we may offer support and resources to you. Our number is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929).

    Be safe,

    NRS

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