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can a child legally leave home at age sixteen in new jersey

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can a child legally leave home at age sixteen in new jersey if they want to
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Dave Kennett replied 6 years ago.

DearCustomer- Unless the child is emancipated the child cannot leave home without permission unless in an emergency situation to seek shelter.

 

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
i was under the impression that at 16 laws changed slightly in favor of a child wanting to move out, in new jersey. is this not the case?
Expert:  Dave Kennett replied 6 years ago.

If you are talking about moving out to live with another parent in a custody situation then it is true that the court will listen to the wishes of the child. I know of no law that permits a 16 year old to just pick up and leave on their own without parental supervision unless there is an emancipation.

 

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