Determining if a minor is a runaway can become a sticky situation for the police especially when it involves two parents. Generally speaking, the…

Determining if a minor is a runaway can become a sticky situation for the police especially when it involves two parents. Generally speaking, the police do not like to get involved in custody disputes and will often refer the parents/guardians to court. The police may decide to accept a runaway report if one guardian can provide court documentation. The court documents may need to indicate that one parent has been granted sole custody, physical custody, etc.


If neither parent nor guardian has gone to court for custody rights, it is presumed that both parents have joint custody. If your parents share joint custody, it may be difficult to file a runaway report. Even if you leave one parent’s household who has current visitation rights, the other parent may still have to wait and voice their concerns at court. Remember you can always contact your local police department to see what they are willing to do, or call us for help navigating the system.


– Dyanne