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  • I'm 18 and want to move out with my baby

    I've recently had a baby and want to move out my parents house but my dad threatens if I leave he will take me to court to take my child away from me even though I am 18 already, can he do that?

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    Reply: I'm 18 and want to move out with my baby

    Hi,
    Thanks for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline.
    Since you are 18 you are more than likely considered a legal adult which means that you can move out if you want to. As a legal adult, you have a right to make your own decisions about where you live. We can help you make a plan for how to deal with your situation and help you find resources to land on your feet. Having a plan for where you will live and how you will survive once you move out can be very helpful. Moving can be a huge step especially with a child. You don’t have to be alone. Some steps you can take towards independence might be to find employment if you don’t have an income, or to save up money for moving expenses. It can also be helpful to research rents in your area, find a roommate, or make a budget.
    Another thing you might want to consider is what kinds of things you depend on your parents for currently such as tuition expenses for school, or health insurance, and whether they would continue to provide those things after you leave. It does not sound like your father is being cooperative at this point. There may be social service agencies in your area that can help meet some of these needs, such as Transitional Living Programs, a kind of shelter where young adults can live and get services to help them transition to independent living.

    We are here to listen and help however we can.
    Having a space to vent and explore options (like legal services) may often bring out a solution previously not thought of.
    We are here as support to help you and your friend through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat. If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon.

    Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).

    Take care,
    NRS

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