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  • #46
    I'm 15 and want to move in with my boyfriend when he turns 16 in October, I turn 16 in February so the age gap is only 4 months, I live in Scotland and he lives in England and we've dated for nearly 3 years, is it possible for me to move in with him when I'm 15 and he's 16?

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    • ccsmod15
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      Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. The National Runaway Safeline is located in the United States of America (USA). Our knowledge of helpful community based resources and our understanding of youth in crisis related laws is limited to the USA. If you are located in a country outside of the USA, you can use this link to find a youth helpline in or around your country: https://www.childhelplineinternation...pline-network/.
      We hope that by reaching out to a local resource, you are able to get the support you need from an organization that understands the laws and circumstances that affect youth in your country.
      Stay safe,
      NRS

  • #47
    Can a female 16 of age move in with her boyfriend without parent consent

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    • ccsmod3
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      Hey there. Thanks for reaching out to us here at NRS. We know that it can take a lot of courage to reach out for support, and we're glad you took that step.

      The short answer to your question is no: a 16 year old, no matter their gender, cannot legally move *anywhere* without parental consent. Each state has what is called an Age of Majority, which is when you're legally considered an adult. Most states consider this at 18, though there are a couple of states where it's a little bit older. If you're not at the age of majority in your state, your parents are legally still responsible for you.

      If you'd like to chat in more detail about what's going on, please feel free to reach out to us directly by calling 1-800-RUNAWAY or by chatting with us live at www.1800runaway.org. We're available 24/7 and are always happy to listen, and to help.

      Take care.

      NRS

  • #48
    Hi, Me and my boyfriend are 16 and he’s debating running away due to mental abuse, but he doesn’t know if he can do that without dragging me and my family into trouble by harboring a runaway (he’s debated emancipation, but his gurdians won’t let him get a job)

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    • ccsmod5
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      Hi there,

      You mentioned your boyfriend wanting to leave home before he’s 18. The easiest way to leave home is with parental permission. We understand that might be challenging, however, maybe there’s another family member, relative, or a family friend who could help to communicate how you’re feeling to his parents. The second way is through Child Protective Services if safety is a concern. Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. It may also be a good place to explore options for staying with another family member or someone he trust as far as transferring custody. 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. You mentioned his guardians not allowing him to work, if you would like a legal aid option to maybe see if there are other options, please call or chat with us so that we may find one for you.

      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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