Can I move out of my parents’ home if I’m 16?

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Can I move out of my parents’ home if I’m 16?

Asked on July 27, 2015 under Estate Planning, New Hampshire

Answers:

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

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

You can't move out of you parents' home if you are only 16; you must be "of the "age of majority" to do so; that is 18 year old. Until then, your parents are legally responsible for you. If you move out now without their permission, they can have the police bring you back as a runaway.


If you want to move out before your 18th birthday, you'll need to become "emancipated". What you will have to do is to appear in court before a judge and convince them to legally separate you from your parents. If successful, you will be emancipated which means being able to move out. It also means assuming most of the responsibilities of an adult. However, you would need to prove to the court that you can support yourself and have an acceptable place to live.


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