Can my 18 year old son move out on his own legally?

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Old Jul 13th, 2007, 11:12 PM   #1
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I have five children. My oldest is an 18 year old male. He is basically a good kid. He's not doing as well as his mother and I would like in school and has decided that he will now do what he wants since he has turned 18. He comes and goes as he pleases. If I tell him not to go somewhere he'll ask his mother or in some cases will leave without anyone's permission. I worry about him being with the wrong crowd and being out after 11:00 pm.
I'm growing very frustrated and don't know what else to try with him. My question is can my 18 year old son legally move out on his own?
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Old Jul 14th, 2007, 08:56 PM   #2
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Wow I guess either no one has the answer or no one cares to share it with me.
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Old Jul 15th, 2007, 12:09 PM   #3
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At 18 he can do as he wishes (and you can make him move out as well) except in a few states if he still has to graduate then it extends until graduation--see below.

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Alabama - 19 (Ala.Code 30-2-31;30-2-51;30-2-1)
Alaska - 18
American Samoa - 14
Arizona - 18

Arkansas - 18; or if still in high school at 18, upon graduation

California - 18 (CA Family Code §§ 6500 and 6501)
Colorado - 19
Connecticut -
Delaware - 19
District of Columbia - 18 (D.C. Stat. § 46-101)
Florida - 18
Georgia - 18
Guam - 18
Hawaii - 18
Idaho - 18
Illinois - 18
Indiana - 21
Iowa - 18
Kansas - 18
Kentucky - 18
Louisiana - 18 (La. Civ. Code Ann. art. 29)
Maine - 18
Maryland - 18
Massachusetts -
Michigan - 18
Minnesota - 18
Missouri - 18
Mississippi - 21
Montana - 18
Nebraska - 18
New Hampshire -
New Mexico - 18
Nevada - 18.5; or if still in high school at 18, upon graduation or reaching age 19, whichever be sooner
New Jersey - , for most purposes (N.J.S. 9:17B-3)
New York - 21
North Carolina - 18
North Dakota - 18
Northern Marianas Islands - 18
Ohio - 18 or upon graduation from high school, whichever be earlier
Oklahoma - 18
Oregon - 18
Pennsylvania - 18
Puerto Rico -
Rhode Island -
South Carolina - 18
South Dakota - 18
Tennessee - 18; or if still in high school at 18, upon graduation
Texas - 18
U.S. Virgin Islands - 18
Utah - 18 or upon graduation from high school, whichever be earlier
Vermont -
Virginia - 18; or if still in high school at 18, upon graduation
Washington - 18 (RCW 26.28.010)
West Virginia - 18 (W. Va. Code § 2-3-1)
Wisconsin - 18; or if still in high school at 18, upon graduation or reaching age 19, whichever be sooner
Wyoming - 19

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Old Jul 15th, 2007, 12:12 PM   #4
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We would advise you check with your local police to confirm the age where you reside.
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Old Nov 23rd, 2008, 08:34 PM   #5
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Default Re: Can my 18 year old son move out on his own legally?

in the state of texas you can legally move out at the age of 18, you also can be kicked out of the house at that age.
there is nothing stoping him from moving if he wants to, even if he's in school, or can't affored to live on his own.
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Old Feb 27th, 2009, 02:00 PM   #6
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thats gayy.
im 16 and im moving out.
the law is sexy.

and i dont care.
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Old Feb 28th, 2009, 10:34 AM   #7
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The police may haul you back but hey you can try!
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Old Feb 28th, 2009, 11:12 AM   #8
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Get over yourself, dad. If he is a good kid and you know you raised him right you shouldn't have anything to worry about. If I was 18 and my parents wanted me home at 11pm I would have been gone way sooner. and PS in texas he could have left at the age of 17 as long as he had a stable place to live and kept going to school
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Old Feb 28th, 2009, 10:46 PM   #9
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Im 18 and slowly running into the same problem with my parents sadly
i think that it is the fact that you look up at the age of 18 as making a name for yourself.
i believe that i want to get out and i will make it but in the same sense ive relied on my parents for so much in the past 17 years i will have to come back
i think if he wants to leave let him leave on a good note and keep in touch if he needs you get him back home thats all you can do in most cases.


i live in NY and i am a senior in high school with a lot to owe to my parents but i still want out and im working on it as well
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Old Mar 22nd, 2009, 05:21 AM   #10
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LOVE HIM and don't worry about it... no sense in pushin him when you already know hes gonna pull away. And yes he most likely can
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