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What are the Georgia laws regarding minors that are the age of 17?

Atlanta, GA |

Are minors age 17 allowed to leave home without permission?
Does being an unruly child, being under court supervision, or having any past/ present dealings with the court effect anything?

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A minor is a minor. Parents are responsible for a minor and the minor does not have the right to live outside the home wiithout the parents' permission.

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Minors age 17 are considered adults in criminal system in Georgia, so if a crime is committed they are prosecuted as adults.. Runaway petitions are filed in juvenile court. If the child is already on supervision of the juvenile court, that court can continue to enforce provisions on that child past the age of 17. This is the best information I can give based on the information you provided.

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short answer no . realistic answer if you need to use the law enforcement community aka "police" aka/ court system / aka probation officer, etc ,,,,, to make a 17 year old stay home you need and the child in question need advise and counselling from those specializing in behavior managment with teens and parenting skills instead of legal advise from we lawyers . for example a non custodial divorced parent has every right to exercise visitation with a 17 year old child but with noted exceptions judges simply do not require a custodial divorced parent to make a 17 year old visit their other parent if the 17 year old refuses to go with their divorced parent that does not have custody for his or her visitation period

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