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Can parents order a 17-year-old to pay rent?

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Answered 2006-09-13 12:56:37

If you're asking whether they're allowed to live on their own with a child, the answer is generally yes. In most states, a female is emancipated automatically when she becomes a mother. If you're asking whether it's financially possible, consider this. On average, a family of three will have to make at least $25,000 a year, and that's just to get by. Working a minimum wage job will get you just over $10,000 a year. And to raise a child to the age of 18? More than $150,000. And it's not just rent. There are utilities, water, cable, phone, car insurance, car payments, health insurance, gas, gorceries and incidentals such as repairs and unexpected events. * Being pregnant or having a child does not automatically emancipate a minor except in the State of Wisconsin. Parents are legally obligated to support a child who is under the age of 18 (in Nebraska 19) or until they become emancipated by marriage, enlistment in the active military or by order of the court. If what is being asked is can the parents legally force a 17-year-old to pay rent while living in the family home, then the answer would be no, it would need to be voluntary on the part of the minor.

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