Is it legal for a parent to kick a 17 year old out of the house?

Asked on July 15, 2015 under Criminal Law, Missouri


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Kicking a minor child (under 18 in most states) out of the house can be considered to be child abandonment, a crime. And abandonment can mean leaving your child with a neighbor not don't communicate with them; failing to send money to support to them; refusing to participate in a plan arranged by a school, church, etc. to reunite you and your child.

Note: If your child has put you in fear for your personal safety, then you can call the police and your child can be removed from your home.

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