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16 wanting to move in with my boyfriend who is 17 about to be 18

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    So me and my boyfriend have been together for quite long and he'll be getting an apartment again soon and he wants me to move in which I want to. At home my parents are quiet strict and emotional and some what mental abusive I can't stand being around them and I just hate being in that type of atmosphere. So I was wondering how do I go about this? I've heard that at 16 you can legally leave home with out parent constant unless they have reasons to think you in danger or at risk which then you will have to go back home.

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    re: 16 wanting to move in with my boyfriend who is 17 about to be 18


    18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. We are not legal experts here but we can speak in general terms. If you are under 18 and leave home without permission, your parent/guardian may file a runaway report with the police. What actions the police take once you are filed as a runaway can vary a lot from state to state and even city to city so we cannot predict exactly what would happen in your case. Generally speaking, if you encounter a police officer while reported as a runaway, you will likely be returned home. However, in that case there may be services (family counseling, etc.) available to you as a youth in crisis/runaway but again, police procedures related to offering those services can be different based on your location or the details of your situation. Another thing to consider is that while running away is not a crime, a legal adult who allows you to stay with them may be putting themselves at risk for being charged with harboring a runaway. One way to find out the laws in your area is to call your local police and ask what their policies are regarding runaway youth.

    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

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