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Can I Legally Move Out at 17?

Postby ludano17 » Sun Jan 01, 2012 8:16 am


The short version is, can a person legally move out of their parents' house at the age of 17, in North Carolina? If so, can they leave the state, or do the laws vary from place to place, so I'd have to stay here?

I'm currently stuck in a bad situation with my family (verbal abuse, constant arguing, and a filthy home), and I'd like to get out as soon as possible. I have a decent amount of money (about $3500) saved up from summer jobs, and may have quite a bit more (a relative of mine recently died, and left me some, but I don't yet know how much, or if I'll be able to get it from my mother) by time I leave. I believe I am capable of living on my own, and would likely move in with my half-brother (who is 20; we share a father, but he signed neither of our birth certificates and we only found each other fairly recently, so there is nothing to legally say we're related) and a mutual friend.
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Can I Legally Move Out at 17?

Postby sampson » Sun Jan 01, 2012 8:31 am

If your parents dont care, and you keep in school, you can go anywhere you want. But if you just turned 17 consider instead filing for legal emancipation from them (you can do this if youre over 16 and have lived there for like a year I think it is). It might help for you to talk to a lawyer just to find out for sure what you can and cant do, instead of relying on strangers on the internet.
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Can I Legally Move Out at 17?

Postby hagaleah » Sun Jan 01, 2012 8:37 am

Yes if it is for a good reason, you can get emancipated (granted legal adult status) as a minor, and you will be able to move out.
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Can I Legally Move Out at 17?

Postby hewlett » Sun Jan 01, 2012 8:46 am

Yes. But it's a long process.
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