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    Can I leave my home at 16 without my parents' consent?

    HI. I wanted to do this on the live chat thingy but it wasn't working for some reason, like it wouldn't let me type...but anyway I am 15 right now and
    I hate living with my family. I want to move out as soon as possible. I want to wait till I'm 16 though so I can drive. The only problem is that I know my
    parents won't let me. If I move out without their consent, can I get arrested? I live in Kentucky btw. Also, I think I am emotionally abused, but how am I
    supposed to prove that? I really want to just run away when I turn 16, but I'm afraid I'll be forced to return to my parents,and my dad will be super angry
    at me. I am scared of what he would do If I ran away and then had to return. Can I be legally forced to go home if I refuse? If I have to go to court or some
    thing will I need a lawyer? How will I pay for it? Thanks for the help in advance!

  • ccsmod7
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    Hi there, thanks for reaching out today.

    Sounds like your dad gave you permission to move and then filed you as a runaway. That seems really hurtful that he was not upfront with you when he originally gave you permission.

    We are not legal experts, but we can speak generally. From our understanding, a guardian giving permission is not legally binding and they are legally allowed to go back on giving you permission. He is still your legal guardian and is allowed to go back on his permission, even though it seems pretty unfair.

    Since you are 17, if you do not go home and he files a runaway report, what could happen would depend on how police respond to the situation. It is possible that they could take it less seriously than younger runaway reports, but it is also possible that police could return you home. You might reach out to local police by calling their non-emergency number to see how they would handle the situation.

    Please do not hesitate to call or chat us if you would like to talk through your situation with someone. You are not alone.

    Best of luck,

    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hi. I’m 17. My dad gave me permission to move in with my boyfriend and his family. But now he’s threatening to File a “Missing Persons” report because I spent the night at my friends house. Is that legal?

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  • ccsmod10
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    Hey there,

    Thanks for reaching out to us, it takes a lot of strength to share your story. The age of majority in most states is 18, which means you would be considered a minor until then. We’re not legal experts here at NRS, but generally you have to be a legal adult to be able to sign a lease and rent an apartment. There are a lot of contingencies related to moving out on your own and it’s important to think about your plan of action for things that may arise. It’s vital to plan for things like travel to/from school, how you’ll pay for food, utilities, clothes, healthcare, etc.

    If you want to talk more in depth about the situation or if you want to go over other options that you may have available to you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat us by clicking on the “CHAT” button on the top of our home page. We’re open 24/7 and here to listen and support you in any way that we can.

    All the best,
    NRS

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    Hi I'm currently 15 turning 16 in September and I've been wanting to move out at 16 for awhile it's not like I have major issues at home it's just that I'm extremely independent and me and my friend who I've known since elementary who is turning 17 in June have been planning this for awhile I was wondering if we were legally allowed to rent an apartment together I was just wondering cause we've been saving for awhile and it would be a pain to get our hopes up only to find out that we can't.

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you for reaching out To The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It sounds like you are going through a difficult time right now. It must be tough and a lot of responsibility being left at home for hours at a time with the kids. You could consider talking to your parents about how you feel, and that you do not want babysitting duties. You could also consider joining activities, so maybe you would be able to leave the home more. At NRS we offer conference calling where if you call us we can call out to your parents, and we would help support you. Conference calling is good when you want to have a conversation with your parents but are nervous or afraid, we also help mediate the conversation so you feel heard. Because you are a minor, if you were to move out without your parent’s permission you could be considered a runaway. We are not legal experts but in most cases if the police were to find you they most likely would bring you back home. You could also try to file for emancipation. If you give us a call and provide your city and state we can give you free legal aid numbers. We hope this information will be helpful in your situation. If you have any other questions or would like more information please feel free to call us we are available 24/7. Best of luck!
    NRS

  • ccsmod2
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    Hello there,
    Thank you for contacting The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. Not being able to go anywhere can be tough. Unfortunately because you are a minor if you were to leave home before turning 18 you could be considered as a runaway. We are not legal experts but do have general knowledge of the laws. If you were to runaway and the police found you they most likely would bring you back home. Also you asked if your brother could get in trouble if you lived with him. There is a thing called harboring a runaway, which your legal guardian would have to press charges. Usually if someone were to get in trouble for harboring a runaway it would most likely be a fine that your brother would have to pay. It probably would not make a difference if you were 15 or 16 years old. You could look into emancipation, which would make you have adult rights before turning 18. We can give you legal aid resources if you call us and provide your city and state. We hope this information helped you in your situation. If you have any other questions please feel free to give us a call, we are here 24/7. We wish you the best of luck.
    NRS

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    I’m 16 years old I live in Arkansas I have a lot of problems with my mother and step father there 4 other children besides me. I get left at home hours after hours with the kids. I take care of them most of the time the youngest is 1 and the second oldest is 11. My parents always are talking about what I wear and how I sit on the couch. My boyfriend is 17 he comes over and we cuddle like any other teenage couple does my parents don’t like how I could’ve or do anything with out there permission. I hardly get to leave the home maybe 1 a month while my 11 year old sister runs the roads until dark. How can I move out at my age?

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    I am 15 years old and living with my grandparents is kinda hard, they do not have full custody of me but act as if they do and wont let me go amywhere else like a different family member or so. I wamted to go live with my 20 year old brother and my sister in law. But I just wanted to know that if I just left would I get into ttouble with the law, or would my brither get into trouble for letting me love with him. And would there be a difference if I left at 16?

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  • ccsmod7
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    Hello there, thanks for reaching out today. Sounds like you are wanting to leave home due to feeling stressed and depressed, and you have suicidal thoughts before. That is a whole lot to be going through, and it was really brave of you to reach out for help. Here at NRS, we truly want to support you during this difficult time.

    It seems like you’re fearing that the situation may end in suicide if things don’t change. Your safety and well-being is important. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255); www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org is also a great resource to reach out to in addition to our crisis services.

    If you haven't already, you might try to reach out to a parent or trusted adult and let them know how you are feeling. You so deserve to be supported when you are feeling down. If you haven't already, you might also consider processing how you are feeling through talk therapy with a counselor. Sometimes seeking professional help can really help. Please call or chat us if you are interested in local counseling resources. We also have a conference call service if you would like an advocate on the phone with you when talking to your parents.

    It sounds like you are focused on getting emancipated quickly. One thing to consider is that emancipation can be a timely and costly process that could last 3 months to a year. You might be able to petition for emancipation on your own, but that is dependent on your state's laws, some states do require parents to petition for youth. Please call or chat us if you are interested in learning more about your state's emancipation law.

    Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. This may be an isolating and lonely time for you, but you are not alone in this. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.

    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.

    We hope to hear from you soon.

    Be safe and stay strong,

    NRS
    Last edited by ccsmod7; 12-20-2018, 10:54 AM.

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    Guest replied
    I want to leave my home, but I don’t want to just run away. I would like to get emancipated. The only problem with that is that my parent will not sign for me to do so. I love my family but they stress me out. They are the reason I’m always depressed, and I even sometimes contemplate suicide. I’m usually on my own, considering my mom works most of the time. I only see her for 3 hours a day. Either she is sleeping, or I am sleeping. My life isn’t as bad as most people, but I would still like to get out of there before I do something I might regret. Is there a way to get emancipated without my parent knowing? I would like to do so and leave her a note stating that I got emancipated and that calling the cops would not help. I want to do everything legally and safe. Please help me!

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you for contacting The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. We are not legal experts, but in most states the legal age to leave home is 18 years old. If you were to leave home before turning 18 you could be considered as a runaway. Running away is not a criminal offense it is a status offense. What that means is that if you were to run away and the police find you they would most likely bring you back home. We hope this information was helpful in your situation. If you have any other questions or would like to talk more please feel free to give us a call, we are here 24/7. Best of luck!
    NRS

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    Can a 16 yr old leave home without parents consent

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  • ccsmod6
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    Hi and thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. While we are not legal experts, if you are a minor, your parents can file a runaway report. Usually, this means that if you do encounter the police, they will notify your legal guardian and either take you home or hold you until your parents pick you up. If you want to talk more about your situation and what’s going on, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at our 24/7 hotline 1-800-RUNAWAY or on chat at 1800runaway.org.

  • ccsmod6
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    Hello and thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. We are sorry to hear that living with your dad has gotten to a point where you hate it and no longer can bear to do it. While we are not legal experts it is our understanding that, as your legal guardian, your dad does determine where you have to live until you are no longer a minor. If you are having such difficulties with your dad, maybe it might be a good idea to talk to your mom about the possibility of her regaining some custody. Unfortunately, it is hard for us to say much about your situation without more information, but if you would like to talk more about what is going on in greater detail, please reach out to us on our 24/7 hotline 1-800-RUNAWAY or on chat at 1800runaway.org. We would be happy to work with you to figure out what all of your options are.

    Take care,
    NRS
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