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    Hello, I am currently 3 weeks away from my 18th birthday. I have been dating this guy for almost 9 months and we have decided that the day of my 18th birthday I will move in with him and his mom. I dropped out of school last year, and plan to get my GED and license once in in Florida. My dad and I have been fighting constantly since I moved back in with him 3 years ago. I was just planning on leaving and then texting him/ leaving him a letter explaining why I left, where I'm going, that I'll be okay, and my plans etc. the reason I'm not telling him directly is bc I know he wouldn't let me leave if I didn't just go on my own without his knowledge. So my question is, if I move out the day of my 18th birthday, can my dad take legal action to make me return home? i.e. Calling the cops, filing a missing person report, etc? Could I forcibly be returned home by the police? Or can I legally move out on my own without any issue? Thanks so much!

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    Reply: 18 and moving out in Georgia?

    Hi there,
    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS).

    We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. It seems there is a lot that you are faced with right now and you’re feeling like leaving is one of your only options. It seems you want to know some information on runaway laws.
    While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.

    We are here as support to help through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email to assist you. If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon.
    Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); (click on the chat button).

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