Q: Is it legal to leave home at age 16 in ohio without being emancipated?
A parent or guardian has responsibility until a child reaches 18. Ohio does not allow a minor to seek emancipation, so talk to a teacher, school counselor, or other trusted adult about your situation. Emancipation cannot be accomplished by an act of the child alone. Emancipation is generally through the act of the child's parents regarding terminating child support for that child. A minor cannot “become emancipated” simply by petitioning the court. Ohio law does not allow for such a request, although some other states do allow minor children to file a petition asking the court find that they are emancipated. See this link:
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