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    I am 17 years old and live on utah and want to stay and live with my boyfriend but my mom is moving to Cleveland Ohio and I don't want to move what options do I have to stay here with my boyfriend I will runaway if I have to

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    re: What can I do to stay


    Thank you for reaching out to us. It sounds like you are looking to be independent and stay in your town instead of moving with your mom. Sometimes it can be stressful having to leave a place where you are comfortable. Most often, your parents are legally responsible for you until you are of legal age to be an adult. Which this can be different in every state.

    We aren't legal experts and we are non-directive here so anything you decide is ultimately up to you. In general, in most states being a runaway means that if you stay with your boyfriend there is potential for him to be charged with harboring a runaway. Usually, if a runaway report is made, a youth who is considered a minor would be taken back to their legal guardian if they come in contact with the police. Sometimes though, the police may not do anything if you are close to 18. It really depends on the discretion of the police officers in your area. You could call the non-emergency number to confirm what exactly could happen if you have any further questions.

    If you are thinking of leaving, you may want to look further into how you would be surviving on your own. Where would you go? How would you support yourself? Do you have any backup plans? Also you do want to consider where you are and where you could get to, because if you are in a small city for example, there may not be a lot of resources out there to help. This sounds like a lot, but they are some possibilities of what could happen if you left.

    If you need to, you can always contact us directly at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). We can talk about any possible options that you are thinking about. Lastly, please note that we offer a live chat via our website at every day from 4:30p to 11:30p CST.


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