Somerville, NJ asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Family Law for New Jersey

Q: Am I allowed to move in to my Aunts house at 17 because of abuse from adoptive parent?

My mom is very abusive and constantly says things out of order and bring my mental stability to an all time low. My family has noticed and I want to move in with my Aunt. My mom tells me they're not my real family and i'm not wanted but they've insisted i live with them. Is it okay for me to go if i'm just 17?

1 Lawyer Answer
Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
  • Short Hills, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: 2 things need to happen quickly.

1st off, you need to search the following sites for mental health counseling services for yourself.

Everything about your setting screams out for help so that you have a chance at a healthier future.

And 2ndly, your aunt should come over to the house and talk with you and your mother since I am afraid that if you simply go to her house, your mother will call the police and claim that she improperly took you. Its better to deal with it directly and to leave the door open for your mother to want to explore a healthier relationship with you in the future.

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