Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law

Q: Can a 16 year-old that is leaving home and live with a 18 year-old?

The 18 year-old and 16 year-old have been in a relationship for a year and a half now. The household of the 18 year-old is safe and no harm could come to the 16 year-old. The 18 year-old lives with their parents who are 50+, the house hold that the 16 year old is leaving is not safe for the 16 year old thus they are leaving on their own free will.

Would the 18 year old get into any trouble?

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1 Lawyer Answer

A: As long as the parents of the 16-year old consent, it is unlikely the 18-year old will get into trouble.

I strongly recommend getting the parental consent in writing in case one or both parents later change their mind.

Without parental consent, the 18-year old and his/her parents risk being charged with harboring a runaway or contributing to the delinquency of a minor in many states.

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