If a parent tells a 17 year-old to move, what are their options?

My friend lives with her dad and step-mom they both keep telling her they want her to leave. She is 17. What is her options?

Asked on November 30, 2010 under Family Law, Georgia

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

I am sorry for your friend.  I am unclear about what you are asking as to her options.  Does she wish to try and emancipate herself?  That generally requires a showing that you can take care of your self by supporting yourself with a job, a place to live, health insurance, etc.  It requires a "plan."  Are there relatives that she can go and live with?  That also may be an option for her.  It also may be the best thing emotionally to be around family that cares for her.  The family member can petition for guardianship.   Otherwise, if she leaves and has no where to go she may be placed in to foster care and that is not a place that she wants to be.  If her parents consent then she can also go and live with friends if they will have her.  Good luck to her.  


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