Children and the Law
Emancipation and Ages for Moving Out

Can a 17-year-old who has a 6 month old child legally move out?


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No. Being pregnant or having a child does not automatically confer emancipation rights to a minor. If the minor female left the family home against parental wishes the parents would have legal recourse to have her returned to their custody and/or petition the court for guardianship rights to her minor child if they so chose.