What is the legal age to move out of your parents house in the state of Washington.

Asked over 3 years ago - Sequim, WA

How old do you need to be to move out of your parents house without going through court if you are a minor? If you just can't stand living there anymore and you are like 17 but your birthday isn't until January.

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  1. Yevgeny Jack Berner


    Contributor Level 15

    Answered . I believe a child can seek emancipation from the Court at age 16, but that's different than just "moving out of the parents house".

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  2. Thuong-Tri Nguyen

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . In WA, a person generally becomes a legal adult when the person is 18 or marries or is otherwise emancipated by the court.

    Local police departments often do not get involved when a 17-year-old moves out unless there appears to be crimes being committed against the child.

    Do you have a plan for living on your own? Running a household is much more complicated than it may look. Do you have money for rent, food, clothing, and all the other expenses? Can you do lawful work to get the money?

    If there is unlawful abuse at your house, and especially if there are younger children there, you may want to consider reporting the abuse.

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