I'm 24, my cousin turned 17 in January. She wants to move out of her parents' house because they live in absolute filth and they confiscate the money she works for. She's behind in her online schooling but they don't help her. She wants to move in with me but I understand being 17 she's still a minor. If her parents sign a paper stating that she can move out, is that legally binding or would she have to be emancipated?
Absent an emancipation, she is a child until 18 and technically and legally can not move.
If her parents are willing to allow her to move out, they could sign a document giving authorization for you to act in their place to obtain healthcare or to assist your cousin with any need she may have. They would still be financial liable for those things but this would be much easier than becoming emancipated and she would still be a minor (which is generally best). If they wouldn't consent, a temporary guardianship could be an option too, but this would cost a bit more in time and familial anxiety.
Meeting with a lawyer could make either of these fairly straight forward. If they'll agree to the "Authorization" it would be very affordable. (Only a "$" on a scale of "$$$$$")
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