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If I leave home at age 17 and live with a friend's family, can my mother force me to come home?

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My mother knows this family very well and she knows where they live and all their contact information. She would know where I was at all times.

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  1. Yes, your mother can make you come home. If she is willing for you to go live with the other family, a guardianship must be created to protect the family as well as to give them the authority to act as your parent.


  2. Yes. At 17 you are not of legal age to make that decision. If she agrees she can go to court and agree to a guardianship from her to the adults. Your boyfriend cannot be your legal guardian. Yes she can force you to come home. You could file for legal emancipation. Go talkto a lawyer about that possibility. Better yet go home. You have not alleged any neglect or abuse. Parents deserve your respect.

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