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I’m 16, can I legally move out of my parents? - The Mix asks an expert.
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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.
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,
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
Alternatively, you can also talk to ChildLine https://www.childline.org.uk/