Q: Im 16 and i want to move out with my girlfriend because me and my mom are not in good terms, what should I do?
Me and my mom haven’t been in good terms and I have a child already and I just want to move out of the house to live with my girlfriend but I don’t know if it is legal
A: You are a minor so you have no legal rights yet. You can't sign a contract or at least no contract you sign will be legally binding until you are 18. Your mother is legally responsible for you until you turn 18. So no, you don't have adult rights to decide where you want to live and to be financially independent. Can you "run away" from home? I suppose you could. I don't think the police are going to arrest you and they have too many crimes to solve to spend their time on runaways. But any adult that takes you in runs the risk of being arrested for custodial interference. So you are facing a situation where you don't have the means to take care of yourself, someone that helps you could be arrested, and you can't form the types of financial commitments that an adult needs to form to survive, like rent an apartment. Let me put it another way, getting along with your mother for two years is not as hard as being an adult and surviving out in the world, much less doing all of that when you are a father and you have to support a child. I strongly recommend that you make peace with your mother and figure out how you are going to survive when you eventually leave home at age 18. I also recommend that you stay in school and get an education.
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