How can you help a 17-year-old boy who is not treated properly to leave his father's home legally and would emancipation or guardianship be best if he has another place to stay until he is 18?
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.