Technically, prior to age 18 you would need your parents' consent or a court order. As a practical matter, if you can support yourself and unless someone strenuously objects I would not expect you to be bothered. Good luck!
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You need to be 18 years old or be emancipated. However, you might have more options based on her/your living situation.
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I agree with my colleagues, however, there are some other grounds under which you can seek what we call removal of the “disabilities of non-age” or as it is more simply known “emancipation.”
While the consent of both parents is the easiest way to become emancipated and move out on your own, there have been cases in which I assisted a petitioning minor to achieve emancipation without the consent of one or both parents but you must fit the statutory grounds and you must serve both parents as adverse parties and it is still in the discretion of the Court.
You may want to speak with an attorney and have them review the statute with you to see if you could file for removal of the disabilities of non-age (emancipation) or, if the cost and expense make it just as easy to wait until the passage of time brings about your 18th birthday.