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I was wondering if I could leave home anytime before my 18th birthday legally without being emancipated.

Louisville, KY |

I have read that I could leave 5 months before I turned 18 as long as I was graduated from high school.

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In Kentucky you are a minor until you turn 18 years of age. Your parents could charge you as a runaway - a status offense - in juvenile court. If your parents agree, guardianship could be granted to someone else.

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No, you need to wait until you turn 18. Simply wait the 5 months in order to avoid being charged as a runaway.

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