I am a high school Junior at the age of 17. I don't have a job because my father won't allow me to get one. He emotionally abuses me on a regular basis and holds me responsible for literally everything in the house. I'm not allowed to contact any other family. One of my friends said I could move in with him temporarily. My father and I had a heated argument a couple days ago and he said he wouldn't allow me to move in with my half-brothers mother. I want to know if I can legally move out without my friend or myself getting in legal trouble. My father accepts the fact that no matter what he does I'm moving out, but I want to make sure he can't ruin anything else. Also I don't want to get my father in legal trouble so I'm not giving any names but he does abuse pain pills, I feel it's unsafe for me to live there because he used to seriously physically abuse my brother and myself.
No, a minor cannot choose where to live; without legal action, you will have to wait until you are 18 to move out. However, your friends parents, or half-brother's mother could seek a guardianship over you to move you out of your father's house for the year. If you feel you are unsafe in your present environment, then I highly suggest you contact social services, so they can conduct an investigation and place you in a safe home.
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