We commonly hear questions surrounding the legal age that a minor can leave or move out of their household. The age that you can legally leave home…

We commonly hear questions surrounding the legal age that a minor can leave or move out of their household. The age that you can legally leave home varies by state. In some states you can legally move out of the house if you are moving to a safe home environment. In some states even if you reach the age of majority you cannot legally move out if you are still enrolled in high school.


Since this law varies by state and often the police responses’ also vary, it’s good to contact your local police non-emergency hotline. We can also assist you making a conference call to try and gather some information. In addition to conference calling, we have a list of legal referrals that may be able to provide your state laws on the matter.


– Dyanne

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  • allison

    My nephew lives in Ohio and have been kept from us for his whole life. He has reached out to my brother(his father) and wants to live with him. We live in north caroilna and he lives in Ohio, he told me he asked a judge and he said he can decide who he wants to live with. Is that true? Can my brother get in trouble if he goes up their to help him move here? Can they arrest him? His son is 16, can he leave ohio to live with us?

  • NRS Communication Team

    Allison,

    We encourage you to directly contact NRS hotline 1-800-RUNAWAY or online services, info@1800RUNAWAY.org or live chat on our website from 4pm – 11pm CST. Our trained crisis intervention specialists will be able to help you work through your nephew’s situation.