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  • can I legally move in with my boyfriend?

    we've been together for two years now. I'm 16, he is 18 and still living with his moms. they've treated me very well and with the upmost respect. me and bf have talked about me moving in several times because of my mom's first ex (he was abusive in several ways and caused a few suicide attempts) and her (she's only gotten worse with the new fiance, very emotionally abusive/pays more attention to my "step sister" than me, her only blood child as of right now and etcetera).

    bf says his mom is okay with me moving in as long as we can both prove we can hold our own and be responsible. I'd be 17 by the time I moved in with him (provided I can) after covid let's up. I know I can do online school to finish out my high school year, and I have a few jobs in mind. I'm fully prepared for this, but can I? is it legal for me to be able to? or is my mom going to call the cops one night and get my bf and his family in trouble?

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    Hi there,
    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. It seems there is a lot that you are faced with right now and you’re feeling like leaving is one of your only options. It seems you want to know some information on runaway laws.
    While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.
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