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Can I legally move out at 18?

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  • Can I legally move out at 18?

    I turn 18 in 9 months and I'm counting down the days until I do. I live in the state of Arizona and the age of majority is 18. Can I legally move out when I do turn 18? My mother doesn't want me to leave the house and keeps stating that I can't legally move out until I graduate high school. I think she's lying to keep me stuck in the house but I'm not sure and I can't find answers myself. I need to leave for the sake of my mental and physical health but I'm worried that I may get in trouble for it if I do. Please help me get some answers.

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    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. It is very responsible of you to seek out necessary information and come up with a plan to leave. We are not legal experts, but generally speaking once you reach the age of majority (18 years old) you have the legal freedom to choose where you live. Even if you have not yet graduated from high school, you are considered a legal adult at this age and you can leave home without parental consent.

    If you choose to leave without permission BEFORE you turn 18 then your mom can report you as a runaway. Running away is not illegal, but your mom can have police return you home.

    We truly want to be a support for you during these last few months and as you make the transition toward being independent. We are available 24/7 if you would like to talk more about your next steps and your plan to leave. You can reach out anytime by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or use our live chat services at
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

    National Runaway Safeline
    [email protected] (Crisis Email)
    1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

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