Richmond, VA asked in Family Law, Civil Rights, Juvenile Law and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia

Q: Can a parent legally restrict an 18 year old that still lives under their roof from leaving the house.

Are their any laws that prevent a parent of an 18 year old from going to see their lover or friends

Also are there any laws that prevent a toxic, controlling parent from controlling an 18 year old’s life

3 Lawyer Answers
Afsana Chowdhury
Afsana Chowdhury
PREMIUM
Answered
  • Fairfax, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: Once they’re 18, they’re an adult and get to make their own decisions. You cannot force an adult to stay in your home if they don’t want to. But you can make an adult leave your home as long as you follow the law in doing so.

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof
Answered
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: I regret that I do not handle family law matters or restrictions on 18 year olds. Sorry.

Michael Christopher Miller
Michael Christopher Miller
Answered
  • Vienna, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: Parents' house. Parents' rules.

If the 18 year old doesn't like it, there is a whole world out there they can live in outside the parents' house.

If the 18 year old thinks parents are toxic and controlling, wait until they deal with debt collectors, employers, and all the other people necessary to live independently.

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