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Is it legal to get emancipated under the age of 16 in Illinois? Is there a way to?

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  • Is it legal to get emancipated under the age of 16 in Illinois? Is there a way to?

    I need to know then legal information for this. Would it be ok if you and your friends lived together? Or someone that is legal emancipated?

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    Hi there,

    Thank you for taking the time to contact us here at NRS. It sounds like you are thinking about leaving home to live with friends and want to know if this would be possible. We are not legal experts but we can speak generally on this.

    Your parents or current legal guardians are responsible for you until you turn 18 (the age of majority in most states), so they have the final say in where you live until then. You would be able to live somewhere else if you have permission from your parents. If you leave home without permission from your parents/ legal guardians as a minor, they can report you as a runaway to the police. Running away is not illegal, but it is a status offense. This means that your parents can ask police to return you home even if you are staying somewhere that is safe. Whoever you are staying with is at risked of being charged with harboring a runaway.

    We hope this information helped to answer your questions. If you would like to talk more in-detail about your situation and explore your possible options, please do not hesitate to reach out anytime. We are available for immediate support by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or through live chat at 1800runaway.org.

    Take care,
    NRS
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    • #3
      Originally posted by ccsmod13 View Post
      Hi there,

      Thank you for taking the time to contact us here at NRS. It sounds like you are thinking about leaving home to live with friends and want to know if this would be possible. We are not legal experts but we can speak generally on this.

      Your parents or current legal guardians are responsible for you until you turn 18 (the age of majority in most states), so they have the final say in where you live until then. You would be able to live somewhere else if you have permission from your parents. If you leave home without permission from your parents/ legal guardians as a minor, they can report you as a runaway to the police. Running away is not illegal, but it is a status offense. This means that your parents can ask police to return you home even if you are staying somewhere that is safe. Whoever you are staying with is at risked of being charged with harboring a runaway.

      We hope this information helped to answer your questions. If you would like to talk more in-detail about your situation and explore your possible options, please do not hesitate to reach out anytime. We are available for immediate support by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or through live chat at 1800runaway.org.

      Take care,
      NRS
      What if my friend is moving to a different country?

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      • ccsmod4
        ccsmod4 commented
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        Thank you for your response to another user’s post. Often forums are a place of support and understanding for many youth. It often may be validating and helpful for users to read similar situations as well as exchange feedback to one another. For anyone experiencing any difficulties or challenges, the National Runaway Safeline encourages youth to reach out to our 24/7 crisis support line either by phone or chat for immediate services.
        To contact NRS call or chat at 1-800-Runaway (786-2929) or www.1800runaway.org

        Thank you,
        NRS
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