Can I move out of my house once I turn 18 even though I'm in high school still?
4 attorney answers
I agree with the attorney above. Although you do have every right to move out since you're legally an adult, you may want to consider whether it will be best to do so long term. If your mother continues to provide financial support for you at this time, it would really be helpful if you could work things out with her at least until you're out of school and can work to support yourself and your child.
You are legally an adult. What is preventing you from moving out, regardless as to whether or not you are still in high school? We don't know your mom, but you may want to tread lightly...I have seen parents call CPS on their kids (who have babies) when they move out or do something that mom and dad don't necessarily approve of. So if the father of the guy you want to move in with does not like a very straight-laced lifestyle, you can expect a potential visit from Child Protective Services, so be ready. I would try to talk to you mom before you move out. No one is going to do more for you than your Mom will.
Remember...the grass is always greener on the other side. You are a mother now. You need to do what is best for your child, not what you think is best for you...Keep that in mind.
Once you turn 18, most jurisdictions treat you as an adult for most purposes. You can certainly choose your domicile. The hard part is that many of us are still reliant on others, whether family or friends, to keep body and soul together. It sounds as if your mother and you are knocking heads, more than anything else. My guess is she wants what she thinks is best for you (don't move out until you have a year of college, for example) and believes she can force you to do it, apparently. The hardest thing to do is let go of a child who is no longer a child. Almost as hard is letting a parent feel useful while you are trying to learn how to be an adult. I hope the two of you can work it out. Parents are the most important people in our lives, especially when we become parents.
The answers provided in this forum by me and transmitted by users of this forum are not to be considered legally binding in any way, nor is there an intent to form an attorney client relationship. If further information is required, seek competent legal counsel.
Once you turn 18 you are an adult in the eyes of the law. You can live wherever you please, but your parents are not legally required to provide for you anymore either. So if you move out against your mother's wishes, she may decide not to be there for you financially or to allow you to move back in if you want. Are you sure you two can't just talk this out?
Answers provided by attorney Matt Williams to questions on Avvo DO NOT form an attorney client relationship. Mr. Williams is available to represent persons charged with crimes in Ohio for a fee. Only after Mr. Williams is retained, or agrees to discuss a matter privately, shall Mr. Williams be deemed your attorney. Mr. Williams answers questions on Avvo only to provide general advice based upon the limited information in the question.