Asked in Emancipation and Ages for Moving OutNew YorkNew York CityJohn Lennon
If you are 17 and live in New York can you move to Kansas if you have a job and a place to live and you're going to school?
September 11, 2005 7:58AM
Generally, no. The age of majority in New York is 18. Until you reach the age of majority, or are otherwise legally emancipated, you need your parents' or guardian's permission to move out. Legal emancipation is somewhat easier in New York than many other states. If you don't get any financial assistance from your parents and your parents say they will give up their parental rights, you can be emancipated, with no legal procedure. The state of New York does not have an emancipation statue. You could be considered to be emancipated if you are 16 or older, self supporting, and reside independently from your parents. But the key is that your parents have to allow it. If you leave home without their permission, they can report you as a runaway and have you picked up by the authorities and returned home.