Emancipation and Ages for Moving Out
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Can you move out and get an apartment at age 17 and a half in Wisconsin?

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2007-01-31 03:17:08

This is not legal advice and should not be relied upon as such.

Consult the specific laws for the state and county in which you

reside for the rules that apply. In most states, any 18 year old is

considered an adult and is capable of deciding when and where they

reside. They have the ability to contract for housing. SOME states

allow minors to become emancipated under specific circumstances,

but this is not just a matter of filling out some paperwork. A

minor is the responsibility of their parents until such time as

they reach the age of majority or are legally emancipated. The

parents are required to provide for the support of their minor

children. If the parents give permission, the minor can live in

another location. Such permission does not relieve the parents of

the responsibility to provide support. If the parents do not give

permission, the minor can be considered a runaway. Charges may

apply to individuals that aid and abet such runaways, particularly

if they are under the age of consent. In some states it is my

understanding that this is not enforced for 17 year olds that leave

home. If you are subject to abuse, you should contact social

services for your area. They will assist you in getting out of the

bad environment and into a safe place.

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