I am acquiring a place to live out of the state, and I have a sufficient job and people to live with for the time that I would be on my own until I go to college in the Fall of 2020. There would be no financial risk on my part, and I was wondering which state laws apply to me as I know the age to move out depends sometimes on the state. Is it the state in which I am moving away from or the state in which I would reside in after I left? Also I've been researching about South Carolina's policies and the only sources I can find except for the news about the change in juvenile age thus far have been several years old. Would I have to become emancipated to leave?
You are considered a resident of South Carolina until you've resided somewhere else for at least 6 months.
Without parent's permission, they could report you as a runaway and have the police look for you and bring you back in South Carolina. I don't know whether the state you are moving to would enact that or not as their laws would govern their police.
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Although several states have ages of majority that are higher than 18, I am not aware of any state that has an age of majority lower than 18. Where ever you move, you will still be a minor with all of the legal disabilities that being a minor entails (can't enter into a contract, sue someone, consent to medical treatment, obtain a credit card, etc.).
As far as your parents reporting you as a runaway, Attorney Kerr is completely correct. Additionally, the people you intend live with could be committing interference with custody of a child by aiding or abetting your leaving your parents control. In Florida where I practice, letting you live with them against your parents' wished would be a felony. Every state has different laws on this and you did not tell us to which state you want to go.
Unless there is physical or mental abuse going on (and you did not mention anything like that), you would be better off staying at home until you finish high school. Then, with your parents' consent if you are not yet 18, move to where your college is located. After you turn 18, you can live wherever you want.
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