Benton, LA asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Louisiana

Q: What would happen if i moved out at 17 in Louisiana?

Note, all of this I want to do without them forcing me to come home. I am asking if i could do these things without them bringing me home.

I am currently 15, and my birthday is a few months away. My parents are emotionally abusive and have been for years, and they don't even treat me like their own child, due to reasons regarding my...orientation, if that makes sense.

A little background information, I am homeschooled and will have finished High School by the age of 17. The place i would stay would be with a friends mother, or a homeless shelter for 'runaways'.

If I had sufficient funds, a place to stay, a job, and possibly a car, could I leave legally without their permission? If so, what are 'sufficient funds' and what counts as a shelter?

If I cannot leave, could I get emancipated at the age of 16 and leave legally, all without their permission? Could I bring my belongings?

1 Lawyer Answer
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Covington, LA
  • Licensed in Louisiana

A: You can't move out without parental consent until you are 18.

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