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I’m 16, can I legally move out of my parents?

SystemSystem Posts: 8,583 Community Managers
edited December 2018 in Articles

imageI’m 16, can I legally move out of my parents?

I’m 16, can I legally move out of my parents? - The Mix asks an expert.

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  • BMENDEZBMENDEZ Posts: 1 Noob
    edited December 2018
    Can I legally leave my house at 16 without my parents consent in Minnesota
  • MaisyMaisy CymruPosts: 204 The Mix convert
    Hi there,

    Unfortunately, The Mix is a UK based charity so we are limited in the support we can provide to you.

    I'm not sure what your home situation is like, but have you considered the first part of the article- perhaps looking into counselling or family therapy?

    As we are UK based, we don't know the laws in Minnesota. You may want to contact 2-1-1 http://www.211.org/ to see if they can help you. That said, if you are looking for emotional support, feel free to sign up to our discussion boards https://community.themix.org.uk/ to chat and get support from other young people.

    Take care,

    [email protected]
  • awasavage07awasavage07 Posts: 1 Noob
    if i decide to pack my bags and leave at 16 can my parents stop me in anyway
  • ShaunieShaunie England 🏠Posts: 5,302 The Mix Elder
    edited December 2018
    Hi @awasavage07

    Legally your parents can’t stop you, as at 16 you can leave home. They could maybe try to stop you but may have little control if you’re not in danger

     Though it is maybe best to get advice from other people more about your specific situation. And it’s  always lil bit easier if leave home with parents support, but every situation is different. The article has a link that says Shelter https://england.shelter.org.uk/ maybe useful & has a free advice helpline

    But you need to be safe if leave home and need to think about things financially and ways you will be able to look after yourself 


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  • MaisyMaisy CymruPosts: 204 The Mix convert
    Hi @awasavage07

    It's not possible for us to say for sure whether your parents could stop you from leaving at 16 as it depends on where you are in the world. If you are in the UK, then the article states that "If you’re 16 and over you can leave home without your parents’ or carers’ consent. You’re unlikely to be made to go back home unless you are in danger. It’s not usually a good idea to leave home before you’re 18. If you’re feeling desperate, try to get advice before you pack your bags."

    I'm wondering if you have thought about whether family counselling might help in your situation? Leaving home at a young age, and without a definite place to stay can leave you vulnerable to the possibility of becoming homeless. If you feel you need to get away, then it's best to contact Shelter https://www.shelter.org.uk/ for more help on housing situations.

    If you'd like to get support or chat with other young people about any difficulties you might be facing, feel free to sign up to our discussion boards: https://community.themix.org.uk/

    Take care,

    [email protected]
  • trinitihibbardtrinitihibbard Posts: 1 Noob
    I cant deal with my parents they mentally abuse me and i cant deal with them anymore. I live in texas i was wonder hlw old i need to be to move ojt and go live with my boyfriend?
  • MaisyMaisy CymruPosts: 204 The Mix convert

    Hi @trinitihibbard

     

    I’m sorry to hear how you feel your parents mentally abuse you. It’s understandable that you would feel you can’t deal with it anymore and want to move out with your boyfriend.

     

    Unfortunately, The Mix is based in the UK, so we are limited in the support we can provide to you. You might want to try looking up the laws in your own area or alternatively you can contact 2-1-1 http://www.211.org/ and see if they can help you. While you can post on our discussion boards https://community.themix.org.uk/ for emotional support, you might want to try reaching out to other trust worthy adults in your life such as other relatives, teachers, parents of friends, counsellor etc. for more support.

     

    Take care,

     

    [email protected]


  • nimra125nimra125 Posts: 1 Noob
    so If I am 18 I can leave by my self
    Can I ask u something els old do u need to be in order to join collage
  • MaisyMaisy CymruPosts: 204 The Mix convert

    Hi @nimra125

     

    If you are 18 and, in the UK, you can legally leave home. However, it’s always best to make sure you have a place to stay (friends, relatives, council accommodation, supported housing or renting a property). Leaving without a plan in place, especially if you aren’t financially independent, can leave you homeless (in which case Shelter https://www.shelter.org.uk/ can help with that).

     

    As for college, you’ll usually need to be at least 16 to go to college, usually after finishing your GCSE exams.

     

    Hope this helps a bit,

     

    [email protected]


  • danny_221danny_221 Posts: 1 Noob
    hello i am 16 can i leave home without my parent knowing and live with a friend
  • MaisyMaisy CymruPosts: 204 The Mix convert

    Hi @danny_221

     

    If you are in the UK, the article states that “If you’re 16 and over you can leave home without your parents’ or carers’ consent. You’re unlikely to be made to go back home unless you are in danger. It’s not usually a good idea to leave home before you’re 18. If you’re feeling desperate, try to get advice before you pack your bags.”

     

    So while you can leave without consent, it might not be a good idea to leave without telling them as they may be concerned and report you as missing if they don’t know if you are in any danger.

     

    If you would like to talk more about your circumstances and get support, you can chat in our discussion boards https://community.themix.org.uk/ and if you are in the UK and under 25, you can get one-to-one support from our team https://www.themix.org.uk/get-support/speak-to-our-team Alternatively, you can also talk to ChildLine https://www.childline.org.uk/

     

    Take care,

     

    [email protected]


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