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.