Emancipation

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Question: I am 17 years old and graduated from high school. I wish to go to college in California but my mom wants me to stay home until I'm 18. I do not want to prolong my education an entire year. Can she legally hold me against my will or can I legally move out?

Answer:

Until a minor turns 18, they are the responsibility of the parent. A minor who runs away from their home, parent or guardian is an incorrigible child. (ARS 8-201) Nevertheless, there is a process for a child to be emancipated (freed) from their parent’s charge. The below information will help educate a minor who is interested in learning more about this process.

 - Emancipation booklet

-Emancipation of a Minor, Court website

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  • I am 17 years old and graduated from high school. I wish to go to college in California but my mom wants me to stay home until I'm 18. I do not want to prolong my education an entire year. Can she legally hold me against my will or can I legally move out?

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