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    My girlfriend is pregnant with my child and she is 16 and I am 17, her mom would be fine with me moving in with them, but my parents wouldn’t let me, if I ran away to live with my girlfriend and her family, would that be illegal? And would I have to go back and live with my parents until I am 18?
    Last edited by ccsmod4; 06-15-2018, 12:49 AM.

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    Reply: wanting to move out at 17

    Hi there,
    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS).

    We understand that you are unhappy living at home and would like to leave and stay with your pregnant girlfriend and her family. It seems that you are uncertain about being able to do this without any legal consequences.

    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.

    We are here as support to help through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email to assist you. 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 (click on the chat button).



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