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    I'll be 18 in a week now. I live in Arkansas w my Mom who has full custody of me. I just want to know &what the laws in arkansas are for moving out & what my mom could do. I'm also in school still, but I want to transfer to my old school. They told my dad it wouldn't be a problem since they still have my records. I just really need some advice, thank you.

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    RE: moving out in Arkansas at 18?

    Thanks for your post. Since you are 18, you are considered a legal adult. This means you now have a right to decide where you want to live or if you want to move out and your mother has no legal way to stop you. She no longer has custody of you because you are not a minor. It does not sound like you would have a problem transferring schools since they already confirmed that you can transfer without a problem. Moving out on your own can be scary and is a huge step, so if you have any questions or need help making a plan, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We are here to listen and help however we can. We are looking forward to hearing from you soon, and wish you the best of luck.
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    • #3
      i am 18 and my mom is tryin to make me stay what do i do


      • ccsmod7
        ccsmod7 commented
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        Hi there, thank you for reaching out.

        That sounds pretty unfair that your mom is making you stay home at 18. Generally 18 is the legal age where you can leave home without permission or the majority age. There are a couple states that have higher majority ages so you might google your state's majority age to make sure you can leave. If 18 is the legal age, there is no legal way your mom can force you to stay home. If you are worried that she will get physical, you can ask local police to give you as escort in and out of the house to get your things.

        Moving out is a big step and we want to he a support for you. Please do not hesitate to call or chat us if you would like to talk over your plan to move out or if you are in need of any resources. We are here to listen, here to help.

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    • #4
      So I’m a junior in high school (17 years old) and I turn 18 in May. My friend has offered for me to live with him and his parent when I turn 18, I live in Arkansas so I’ll be considered an adult. Am I allowed to live with them? My mother is very controlling over me and is forcing me to go to college when I don’t want to. I don’t want to live with my family anymore because I’ve felt trapped there forever with some toxicity. I’ve recently been applying for jobs so I can save up money for the reason of helping my friend/his parent with rent or eventually sharing an apartment with roommates.


      • ccsmod13
        ccsmod13 commented
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        Hi there,

        Thank you for reaching out to NRS and we appreciate you sharing a bit of your situation with us. While we are not legal experts we can speak generally on this. Once you turn 18 you will be considered a legal adult which means you will have the legal freedom to choose where you live. Your mother will not have the legal ability to make decisions for you and cannot force you to live at home. You did mention that she is very controlling and most likely will not approve of your decision to move out. It could be helpful to have a solid plan in place for how and when you will move out to ensure it can go as smoothly as possible. We are available 24/7 for immediate support to listen and help as much as possible while you navigate this challenging situation. You can reach out anytime by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or through live at

        Good luck and stay safe,
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