Springfield, OH asked in Child Custody and Gov & Administrative Law for Ohio

Q: I am 17 and 8 months old can I legally move out in the state of ohio?

An older lady friend of mine told me that at this point the cops can be callled but they wont do anything since I am almost 18. Is this true or will I still get in trouble since I am not fully 18 yet?

1 Lawyer Answer
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: You are not a legal adult until age 18. Nobody can predict what the police or children's services might or might not do if you leave before then. Even if they take no action, will you be finishing your education so you can be a responsible, productive adult? If you leave, will you still have health insurance and car insurance? If you get sick or in trouble, would you have family support? At age 18, a person is legally an adult and can make their own decisions, and live with their mistakes. Talk to a family member, teacher, school counselor, or other trusted adult about your plans and listen to their advice.

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