Port Saint Lucie, FL asked in Family Law for North Carolina

Q: Can a 16 year old in North Carolina leave her mothers home to go live with her grandparents?

My soon to be 16 yr old niece doesn’t want to live in her verbally sometimes physically abusive home with her mom and her family anymore. She has 2 little brothers that will surely catch her wrath when my niece leaves but they’re only 15 and 8 right now. My niece wants to live with her grandparents. Can she be made to go back home if the police are called?

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Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser
  • Jacksonville, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: The short answer is yes, as a child she can be made to go back home. She will not be able to unilaterally make decisions for herself until she is 18.

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