Can you move out when you are seventeen years old?
The parents of an non-emancipated minor have the custody and control of such minor. This means that the parents can legally decide where the minor lives until the minor reaches the age of majority (usually 18) or otherwise becomes emancipated.
If a minor moves away from the home of his or her parents or legal guardians without their permission, that minor can be picked up by authorities as a runaway. Depending upon the state, there may be an evaluation stage in which the situation is reviewed to insure that the individual is not endangered by being returned to the home. Some states have recognized that minors that are 16 or 17 are often considered questionable as to their ability to leave home. Authorities may not want to deal with minors in this age group and some states are establishing legislation enforcing the age of majority and eliminating any questions in the eyes of the law enforcement community.
Check with your local laws for more specifics. If you are in an unsafe environment, law enforcement personnel can put you in contact with the appropriate agencies to obtain help.
Can a seventeen year old move out of the home in Utah without involving Division of Child and Family Services or the courts?
A single seventeen year old in Utah technically must have a parent or guardian until they reach the age of eighteen, however, they do not need to live with this parent or guardian. So, yes, they can move out of their parents house, but they must do so with the parent's permission. The only exception to this rule that I know of is a married seventeen year old. If a parent or legal guardian gives…