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  • Moving out at 17 with Parental Consent (Ohio)?

    I turn 17 soon, and I would like to move out before 18. My parents aren't abusive or anything but they do argue a lot and our household is a very depressing environment. I'm also do online school, so to a degree it will be affected but I wouldn't have to change schools, but since I do online school I find it very difficult to focus when my parents are arguing with each other and it's affecting my grades.

    So my question is, in Ohio with Parental Consent, could I move out and into an apartment with 18/19 year old friends(I do have a part time job)? If so, what steps should/have to take? Or should I just got straight to a lawyer for legal advice.

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    Thank you for reaching out to us and telling us your story. It sounds like you are going through a very difficult time right now and we hope to be able to help you. We’re not legal experts here at NRS. Generally it’s not illegal to leave home, but your parents could file a runaway report, the police could get involved, and they could bring you home. The people you’re staying with could potentially get in trouble for harboring a runaway. Some police departments don’t accept runaway reports for 17 year olds, but the policies may vary by each department. You could consider calling your local nonemergency police department to ask about their policies. We also have legal aid resources here if you have specific questions about the laws in your state.

    We are sorry to hear that thing a home are not going well and it makes you feel like you are in a depressive environment. One service we can offer is to conference call with your parents. This way you could have a conversation with your parents but you would not be alone. For example, it may be hard for you to explain to your parents why you want to move out and how their arguing is effecting you. Sometimes those conversations go better in a conference call because we can advocate for you. If you want to reach us, you can chat with us anytime at 1800runaway.org or call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. We’re here 24/7, and we are ready to listen and help however we can.

    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

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