Emancipation and Ages for Moving Out
Age of Consent & Underage Relationships

If a 17-year-old receives permission from her parents and marries her 19-year-old fiance can she legally move out and will her new spouse have custody of her?


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When a minor legally marries he or she becomes automatically emancipated and is considered a legal adult with the exception of laws that have age restrictions (purchase and consumption of alchohol, etc.). The person is no longer considered a minor and is not under the custody of his or her parents and can move from the family home. His or her new spouse regardless of age does not become their custodian, they are equal partners (or should be) in the marriage in financial matters, children born of the marriage, and so on. (06/13/09) It is a statistical fact that relationships involving people who co-habitat and/or get married prior to age 24 have an 85% failure rate. Biologically, this is when females reach full mature on the physical, emotional, and hormonal levels. At this point, a woman is fully prepared to have and handle children, as well as a male that is still not fully mature.

Males don't reach full physical and hormonal maturity until age 30. This is also when they reach their peak emotional maturity, but not to the point of being fully independent. Half of the male emotional health comes from a woman. The biochemical frequency range of the male brain adjusts itself to match that of the female, developing an emotional symbiotic relationship.

Couples who begin cohabiting and/or get married prior to age 24 can find themselves drawing away from each other as each reaches full maturity. Their whole view of the world, and each other, changes. This doesn't happen to all couples, but clearly it is a factor in most relationship breakdowns.

Cohabiting couples breakup three times more than married couples. Cohabiting couples that later marry have a 46% higher rate of divorce than those who did not cohabit prior to marriage. See Link Below