Emancipation and Ages for Moving Out

Legal questions regarding emancipation, a parent's relinquishing authority and control over a minor.

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Emancipation and Ages for Moving Out
Georgia (US State)

How old do you have to be to move out in Georgia?

Moving Out of Your Parents' House in GAthe legal age of majority in Georgia is eighteen (18). Georgia Code Title 39, Chapter 1, Article 1.

A child (anyone under the age of 18) cannot just move out from their parent(s) home. The parent(s) are responsible for the child till that child reaches 18. You can leave your parents' house without their permission when you reach the age of 18, or they can kick you out.

You cannot leave before you reach 18, although there are a few exceptions.

Exceptions to this rule:

  • If a child gets pregnant, that child can get married without parental consent and after the marriage will be consider emancipated.
  • The teen can become emancipated. There is no prescribed emancipation status laws, such cases are adjudicated on an individual basis. This requires a ruling from a judge. You must convince the judge that there is good legal reason for you to be able to leave your home. In the state of Georgia on an annual basis this happens about a dozen times.
  • The teen can join the military with parental consent at age 17.

Pursuant to Georgia common-law emancipation, if a 17-year-old is self-supporting, the parent(s) can grant permission for them to live elsewhere. The parent(s) can also revoke that permission at any time they choose.

Actually, the people above who said a child can move out at 17 were correct. Under the laws in Georgia, a child is considered an adult in the eyes of the law at 17. The child can move out of their own free will but can not be kicked out until they are 18. Sadly, we are going through this mess now with our unruly daughter. She has been arrested a multitude of times, she spent a month in the county jail (the real jail, not juvenile hall), and she has been hospitalized twice in a psychiatric facility long term. She takes off whenever she feels like it and no matter how many times we call the police (we have called them at least 25 times) they always tell us the same thing....."She is 17. She can leave if she wants to and there is nothing you can do about it. However, if she comes back you HAVE to let her in until she is 18". It doesn't matter how many times she leaves or under what circumstances....if she decides she wants to come back, we have to let her in or face legal repercussions. In other words, if we refuse to let her back in, WE could be charged with neglect and/or abandonment. Oh and the kicker is this.....when she does take off, we are still legally responsible for her actions. We do not have to give her anything or financially support her if she chooses to leave. However, while she is out there doing whatever she does, we are responsible for whatever she does. So in other words, if she goes out there and hurts someone, we are responsible for any damages or expenses she causes until she turns 18. Even after being told this my too many police officers to count, we didn't believe it could be accurate so we checked with a lawyer and were told that it is indeed the truth.

From the Georgia Code:




§ 19-7-1. In whom parental power lies; how such power lost;

(a) Until a child reaches the age of 18 or becomes emancipated, the child shall remain under the control of his or her parents, who are entitled to the child's services and the proceeds of the child's labor.




PART 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS § 15-11-2. Definitions

As used in this chapter, the term:

(2) "Child" means any individual who is:

(A) Under the age of 17 years;

(B) Under the age of 21 years, who committed an act of delinquency before reaching the age of 17 years, and who has been placed under the supervision of the court or on probation to the court; or

(C) Under the age of 18 years, if alleged to be a "deprived child" or a "status offender" as defined by this Code section.

(8) "Deprived child" means a child who:

(A) Is without proper parental care or control, subsistence, education as required by law, or other care or control necessary for the child's physical, mental, or emotional health or morals;

(B) Has been placed for care or adoption in violation of law;

(C) Has been abandoned by his or her parents or other legal custodian; or

(D) Is without a parent, guardian, or custodian.

(11) "Status offender" means a child who is charged with or adjudicated of an offense which would not be a crime if it were committed by an adult, in other words, an act which is only an offense because of the perpetrator's status as a child. Such offenses shall include, but are not limited to, truancy, running away from home, incorrigibility, and unruly behavior.

(12) "Unruly child" means a child who:

(A) While subject to compulsory school attendance is habitually and without justification truant from school;

(B) Is habitually disobedient of the reasonable and lawful commands of his or her parent, guardian, or other custodian and is ungovernable;

(C) Has committed an offense applicable only to a child;

(D) Without just cause and without the consent of his or her parent or legal custodian deserts his or her home or place of abode;

(E) Wanders or loiters about the streets of any city, or in or about any highway or any public place, between the hours of 12:00 Midnight and 5:00 A.M.;

(F) Disobeys the terms of supervision contained in a court order which has been directed to such child, who has been adjudicated unruly; or

(G) Patronizes any bar where alcoholic beverages are being sold, unaccompanied by such child's parents, guardian, or custodian, or possesses alcoholic beverages; and

(H) In any of the foregoing, is in need of supervision, treatment, or rehabilitation; or

(I) Has committed a delinquent act and is in need of supervision, but not of treatment or rehabilitation.


§ 15-11-202. Minor seeking emancipation by petition; requirements

A minor seeking emancipation shall file a petition for emancipation in the juvenile court in the county where the minor resides. The petition shall be signed and verified by the minor, and shall include:

(1) The minor's full name and birth date, and the county and state where the minor was born;

(2) A certified copy of the minor's birth certificate;

(3) The name and last known address of the minor's parents or guardian, and if no parent or guardian can be found, the name and address of the minor's nearest living relative residing within this state;

(4) The minor's present address and length of residency at that address;

(5) A declaration by the minor indicating that he or she has demonstrated the ability to manage his or her financial affairs; the minor may include any information he or she considers necessary to support the declaration;

(6) A declaration by the minor indicating that he or she has the ability to manage his or her personal and social affairs; the minor may include any information he or she considers necessary to support the declaration; and

(7) The names of adults who have personal knowledge of the minor's circumstances and believe that under those circumstances emancipation is in the best interest of the minor. Such individuals may include any of the following:

(A) Physician or osteopath licensed pursuant to Chapter 34 of Title 43;

(B) Registered professional nurse or licensed practical nurse licensed pursuant to Chapter 26 of Title 43;

(C) Psychologist licensed pursuant to Chapter 39 of Title 43;

(D) Professional counselor, social worker, or marriage and family therapist licensed pursuant to Chapter 10A of Title 43;

(E) School guidance counselor, school social worker, or school psychologist;

(F) School administrator, school principal, or school teacher;

(G) Member of the clergy;

(H) Law enforcement officer; or

(I) Attorney.

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What legal age can you move without parental consent in California?

ca. is 18. i grew up there and became emancipated there. each state sets their own law by statuette. some are quite lower. in some "hillbilly" and southern states it is as low as 14. there is no national law on this. unfortunately, the u.s. is one of the few advanced countries that does not establish a precise age of adulthood. i am currently 14 and a 2nd yr law student at university working for my law degree which i should have by the time i am 16. oh, by the way, if you become emancipated, you are free to function as an adult in all respects, and therefor you can move anywhere you want. i moved to utah. but 3 days ago i traveled to ft lauderdale, florida for the winter. i did not bring my mercedes with me, i flew, and bought a cheap 2010 mustang convertible for $2000. it will do fine for the winter here, and then i can give it to some other kid when i go back to utah in spring.

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What is the legal age of a minor in each US state when a parent is no longer responsible?

The laws vary from state to state. In most of them 18 is the age of adulthood. At that point the parents have no legal responsibility for their children. There are two where it is 19 (Nebraska and Alabama) and in Washington DC and Mississippi it is 21.

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What are the responsibilities of a daughter?

Opinions from Contributors:


Expectations of a daughter's responsibilities vary according to the culture in which she lives. Cleaning the house, obeying her mother and respecting her parents may be what is required of her in some cultures.

In other cultures parents regard one of a daughter's (or a son's) main responsibilities as being to study dutifully, successfully complete her education to the highest level of her ability, and then obtain high status, well paid employment.

It might also be regarded as a daughter's (or son's) duty to marry well and produce children.

When parents become elderly, with failing health, it is regarded in most cultures as mainly a daughter's duty to take responsibility for their emotional and practical support, and for either providing, or else arranging, personal care for them.


Basic responisibilities of the daughter include :

  • Obey family orders
  • Obey and follow the family rules and regulations
  • Respect the culture, tradition, religion
  • Fulfill the expectations of family
  • Never betray trust of family members
  • Make everyone in family proud by her good deeds
  • Keep everyone in family happy and satisfied
  • Spread love and trust in family.


It is important to distinguish between legal and cultural responsibilities. The above deals with cultural expectations. In all developed nations, there are very few legal responsibilities that children have to their parents. And no distinctions are made between a daughter and a son in terms of legal responsibilities for their parents.

In the developed world, legal responsibilities of children for their parents are almost universally voluntarily assumed: children are often the designated heirs, and will fulfill roles such as executioner of the estate, medical proxy, and even legal guardianship. However, these type of legal responsibilities are something that the child and parent must agree upon, and cannot be forced onto the child (if the child defers receiving them, such duties, at the last resort, fall to the state to resolve, usually via a court-appointed 3rd party). That is, developed nations assume that an adult is responsible for arranging their own affairs, and that no other adult has an inherent (non-voluntary) duty to manage another's affairs.

In the developing world, which seldom has an extensive legal framework and body of laws, cultural norms are enforced as legal requirements. That is, law is based on custom. In developing countries that have created a more independent and formal legal system, custom is often used as a guideline where the laws haven't been explicit - that is, judges will enforce customary roles (usually with some flexibility based on the particular facts of the case) when the law doesn't provide explicit instructions. This hybrid approach is typical found in a country moving from a purely customary legal system to one of explicit legal formalism.

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Are pregnant teens automatically emancipated in Colorado?

Pregnancy/giving birth does not emancipate a minor in any state. It makes sense if you think about that a 10yo can get pregnant and as emancipated you have to make your own living. Having sex does not mean you are mature enough to be on your own and often not good enough as a parent. You will most likely have a lot to learn and that's where parents come in.

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What is the legal age to move out in Florida?

Legally Moving Out in FloridaFlorida's legal age of majority is 18. FRC: Title 1 Chapter 1. The exceptions are marriage and enlistment in the military at 17, both of which require parental permission. If there is a legitimate reason for leaving (such as abuse), the teen can contact state social services to aid him in his situation. Answer

Florida's age of majority is 18. The state does have early emancipation laws. One of the requirements that is needed for early emancipation is the consent of the minor's parent(s) or legal guardian. Florida Code... "Disability of Non-Age Minor Removed", Title XLIII, Section 743.015.

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What is the age of majority in Georgia?

My wife was Methodist when we married. During our marriage classeswith the priest he told her to be the best Methodist she couldpossibly be. He asked her to study and understand why Methodistsbelieve what they believe. This recommendation shocked me but I nowsee the wisdom of the suggestion. My wife converted to Catholicism6 years later!Another answer: Both of the answers above are good, to spell itout, the current law in force in the Latin Church forbids mixedmarriage or disparity of cult and for liceity in such a case theexpress permission of the ecclesiastical authority would beneeded (for a mixed marriage): in other words for such a marriageto be legal normally a Bishop would have to give his expresspermission. In the case of disparity of cult a expressdispensation would be required for the validly of such amarriage.

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Since I am 17 and will be turning 18 in May can I leave home now and without getting into trouble in the state of California?

If your parents consent, the state has no problem with someone moving out a few months early. This is not considered negligence on the part of your parents nor can you be held as a runaway.

The tricky part is securing housing for yourself. You will either need to move in with someone who accepts payments regardless of your legal inability to sign a contract, someone who will allow you to stay free or your parents will need to sign your lease for you. This means that they are responsible if you do not pay your rent.

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What is the legal age in Saskatchewan to move out of your parents house?


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What to do when your dad leaves home?

you should call him a lot and prepare for his homecoming he will always love a big hug after a long day month or week mean while let him know that you miss him if he is far away send him pictures on his phone that will always cheer both of you up

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What are the legal requirements to marry a US citizen for a foreign person in the US on a visa permit?

Marriage requirements are the same for all people. Immigration status has no bearing on your right to marry. As long as you are not currently married and are over 18 years old, you should be able to obtain a marriage license. If you are not in the United States and you want to come to marry an American, than you will need to apply for a fiancee visa.

Note however, that if you want to apply for a green card through marriage in the U.S. after the wedding, you shouldn't be on a visitors visa, since otherwise you will have to prove that you did not enter the U.S. with an intent to get married.

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When two 17 year olds elope do they need parent permission from one parent for both of them or do they just need one parent permission Also after they elope are they free from their parents?

Even when your out of high school and going into or are in college your parents are responsible for your actions. The only way to be "free" from your parents is by getting emancipated. You need both parents signatures even if they are divorced, however if one is dead then the other is fine.

Also, note that NO jurisdiction in the USA will marry two 17-year-olds without parental permission, even if one is pregnant. At the very minimum, they would both need the permission of a judge to get married, and that permission is not likely to be forthcoming without substantial reason and demonstration of responsibility by the two teenagers.

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What age can you quit school without consent in PA?

I believe 17 years old

Emancipation and Ages for Moving Out

What is the legal age to leave home in the UK?

I believe you have to be 16 to leave home in the UK. At 16 you are no longer considered a dependent and can rightfully move away from home.

If it is voluntary, in most circumstances you can leave home without the consent of your parents or anyone with parental responsibility when you are 16, as long as you have evidence that you will be able to financially support yourself and will not be in danger.

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How old do you have to be to move out in Missouri if you have a very manipulative father willing to do anything that he can to keep you in his custody and you will be 17 in the next month?

Choosing to make it on your own at a young age should be a last resort. If you are in an abusive or neglectful household, something needs to be done about it and moving out might be a great option. Or, maybe you're better off in Foster Care. It's hard to say without the details of your situation.

Regardless of your personal situation -- and before you make a decision --anyone considering going out on his/her own at a young age needs to find a responsible, caring and trustworthy adult with whom you can discuss the situation and seek guidance. That person might be another family member, a school counselor, someone at your church, a bff's parent(s), etc. And if there is simply no one you can trust, look up the phone number for a "family law attorney" and call. Tell them what you need and someone will help (for free).

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To move out of your house without parental consent, your choices are limited -- but there are ways to do it legally and without risk of ending up in trouble as a "run-away".

You may have heard about becoming "emancipated" which means the court declares you to be a legal adult before you reach the age of majority. In Missouri, 18 is the age of majority. Technically, a minor can be declared emancipated in one of three ways:

1) Your parents give express consent to a court that they are waiving their parental rights;

2) Your parents are deemed to give implied consent. For example, if you've already been living on your own, supporting yourself, getting an education, and staying out of trouble -- and you're doing it on your own -- a court will likely deem that your parents consented to your emancipation by implication; or

3) There is a significant change in your social status, such as an enlistment in the military or marriage (which requires parental consent if you are 17 or younger, in most states).

You'll notice -- if you read closely -- that for the implied consent option (#2), the minor has already been living on their own. Most kids want to know how to make that happen, and, in fact, that is most often how a minor becomes emancipated. One other legal note: Most kids who move out before reaching the age of majority are never given consent, and never get a formal declaration of emancipation from the courts. They just do it.

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What's the legal age in Wisconsin for a child to be emancipated?

Not every state has emancipation laws, and Wisconsin is one that does not. There is no statue in Wisconsin under which a minor can petition the court for early emancipation. Although there are no specific laws in the state of Wisconsin that relate to early emancipation of a minor, that does not mean a petition cannot be filed. In states that do not have emancipation statutes the cases are adjudicated on an individual basis, even minors cannot be denied their equal rights under the Constitution. You will need the assistance of state social services or DFS as an investigation of the circumstances will be required before any legal action can commence. The legal age of majority in Wisconsin is 18.

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Can you be a 17 year old runaway in Nevada and be legal in Michigan?

No. You are a runaway in all states since at 17 you are a minor. There is no difference between states.

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How can a 17 year old female legally move out of her parents house?

It very much depends on the legislation of the country where you live.

Such legislation varies enormously. Many countries have none, in others it may be decreed when you have reached your majority. Usually 18 to 21 years old in many cases. It would be advisable to take local legal advice.

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What can a 20 year old do legally?

A twenty year old is an adult and can do what they please as long as they are doing so with other adults - not other people under 18 years (minors).

You do not have to be emancipated to move out, you can sign a legal contract, join the military, buy a car and purchase insurance. You can consent to your own medical treatment and are responsible for the bills.

If you commit a crime you will be tried as an adult.

About the only thing you legally cannot do (in most states) is purchase or consume alcohol.

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New York

Age of a minor in New York state?

{| |- | A minor is anyone that has not reached the age of majority. In New York the age of majority is 21 years old. Once they reach the age of 21, they are no longer the responsibility of the parents. |}

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If you can move out of your parents house at 17 in Georgia why would it be different if you live with a legal guardian?

When guardianship is granted the person who receives it is under order of the court. The terms of guardianship are irrevocable except by the judge who issued the order. Or if the guardian asks to be released from responsibility. This includes the age of majority which is probably eighteen, but it could if the situation required it be longer.

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State Laws

What is the punishment for running away in Missouri?

Punishment for runaway behavior, if applicable, varies from state to state, and many variables are considered, including the reason the child ran away (most of the time it's because of abuse, and the state may be reluctant to return the child to his home if that's the case), the child's age, with whom, and whether the child wants to return home. The sanction ranges from placement in foster care to juvenile detention, depending on whether the child is dependent (needs foster care due to abuse and/or neglect), or delinquent (runs away without just reason and has a history of doing so).

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How old do you have to be to move out in Michigan?

The state's legal age of majority is 18

In Michigan You can be 17 with a way to support yourself and your parents can't say anything! Just call the Police Department in Your County to make sure!!

Opinions from FAQ Farmer's :

  • Eighteen.
  • The legal age of majority in Michigan as in almost every state, is eighteen(18). In Alabama and Nebraska it is 19, in Mississippi and Pennsylvania it is 21. Michigan has laws pertaining to early emancipation requirements, Michigan Law and Legislation, Chapter 722.4.
  • The legal age to move out without your parents permission is 18.
  • The age of majority is 18. You would need parental consent or legal emancipation if you are not 18.
  • The legal age of majority in the state of Michigan is 18. What action the police or other authorities may take depends upon the parents or legal guardian of the minor and the circumstances.
AnswerThe Michigan age of majority is 18, as it is in almost every state with the following exceptions...Alabama, Nebraska and Wyoming, age of majority is 19; Washinton D.C. and Mississippi age of majority is 21. However, there are exceptions in most states, the main ones are if the person has been allowed to marry, (either by parental or court consent) or the person is serving in the military.


If you want to move out when you are 16,move to Canada


you have to be 18 but if you can prove that you have a good job and you make enough money to support yourself you can go through court and moveout at 17

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At what age can a child stay home alone in New Jersey?

Staying Home AloneThere are very few states in the U.S. with legal minimum ages, but many state agencies have published guidelines (Illinois, Maryland and Oregon are a few of the states with very specific ages). Typically 8 year olds and over can be left at home for up to several hours (usually after school before a parent gets home from work).

12 years old appears to be the most common recommendation. The link below provides a state by state comparison.

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Can you get kicked out of your house at age 17 in the state of Wyoming?

You can get kicked out of your house at the age of 17 in the state of Wyoming. Your parents can kick you out no matter what age even if it is considered neglect or abandonment.


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