If my child is a minor, age 17, can I make them leave the house?

Asked on August 6, 2015 under Criminal Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

To make a minor child (under 18) leave your house constitutes child abandonment which is a crime. And "abandonment" can be construed very broadly. It can mean leaving your child with a neighbor and then not communicating with them or failing to support to the child (financially or otherwiswe).

Note: Not withstanding the above, if your child has put you in fear for your personal safety, you can call the police and they can remove your child from your home.

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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

To make a minor child (under 18) leave your house constitutes child abandonment which is a crime. And "abandonment" can be construed very broadly. It can mean leaving your child with a neighbor and then not communicating with them or failing to support to the child (financially or otherwiswe).

Note: Not withstanding the above, if your child has put you in fear for your personal safety, you can call the police and they can remove your child from your home.


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