Q: Can I move out at 16?
i’m 16, turning 17 november 4th and i live with my mother. my parents were never married and are separated and both on drugs. i was wondering if 1) i could look into getting social security for my clinical ( not self diagnosed) depression, anxiety, adhd and mood disorder so that i could have a steady income, and 2) getting emancipated. i’ve been looking into it since i was 12 and i’ve seen that ohio rarely emancipates minors but considering the fact that my mental health has been rapidly deteriorating around my “parents” and that they can’t pass drug tests without using someone else’s clean pee i was wondering if there’s anything i can do?
A: Ohio does not allow emancipation for your situation. Minors are not allowed to live on their own. If your parents were never married, and your father never obtained parental rights from the court, then your mother has sole legal custody. Talk to a family member, teacher, or other trusted adult, or call your local children's services office to discuss your situation. Perhaps a family member would apply for temporary custody or guardianship.
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