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If I want to leave at age of 17 can I without a parental cunsent?

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My Gf wants to leave home but she is not sure what age she has to be to leave without parental permission

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The age of majority in NY is 18. Although she may be able to leave her home, she needs to consider where she will be living, how she will pay her bills, how she will get around, etc. Is there a family member she could live with instead of going out on her own? These are all issues she needs to consider. Best of Luck to her.

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Well there might be Idk all I know is she has a sister in bolivar she might be able to move in with um what age do you have to be to get emancipated in the state of Ny?


18 is the magic age to walk out the door without parental consent.

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18. Assuming she could leave today who would she support herself?

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18 is the age of majority. If she wants to leave before then, she can file a petition to emancipate herself. The problem is that once she leaves, she will not longer be entitled to parental support for college, health related issues etc. This is a big step and should not be taken lightly.

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