I am 17 years old and am having troubles at home. I want to move out of my parents' house as soon as possible. I have been trying to do research but keep on getting two different answers. Some sites say I can legally move out at age 17 and others say I can't until I am 18.
Legally, until you reach the age of 18 years, you are still a minor and subject to the control of your parents. Should you move out against their will, the problems you face include: (1) As a minor, you are not legally able to enter into contracts, so no landlord would be able to rent to you; (2) Anyone who takes you will probably be committing the crime of harboring a runaway; and (3) your parents might report that you are a runaway, which could result in juvenile delinquency proceedings being brought against you.
Unless you are in a truly abusive situation, hang in there until you are 18. If you are in an abusive situation, then consider calling the police or the Department of Social Services.
Mr. Geil is totally accurate. I used to teach 16 and 17 year-olds criminal justice at high schools throughout the Denver metro area. You are vocalizing what most teenagers feel. However, your attempts at gaining independence and their problems with that are common. Unless they are physically abusive, sexually abusive, or doing drugs, it is not a good idea to attempt to became emancipated and cut off ties with your parents. You are still a minor in CO until 18 unless you become emancipated and they could report you as a runaway if you left prematurely before turning 18.
The teen years are tough. Many teens want to emancipate earley, but generally it's better in the long run to try to make things work with your parents. As the previous answer stated, unless there is criminal abuse involved, you should try to stick it out. Once you're 18, you can emancipate.
Try to see the situation through your parents' eyes and why they are acting in the way they are. If you can't see any value in their psoition, yet it's not criminal, are you mature enough to go on your own? It's rare that parents are completely unreasonable. They usually are trying to keep you from harm.
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