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In the state of georgia. Can you move out at age 17 without

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In the state of georgia. Can you move out at age 17 without parental consent?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  JPEsq replied 7 years ago.

No. Until a minor reaches age 18, he is still bound to the lawful commands of his parents.


So if he moves out, the parents could contact the police and/or child services and the minor could be charged with a delinquency petition for run away and incorrigibility.


The State has to draw the line somewhere, and they draw it at age 18.

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
what if the 17 year old has been moved out for 9 months and there 18 birthday is XXXXX june?
Expert:  JPEsq replied 7 years ago.

Still no. It does complicate things, because the parents have consented by not taking any action for 9 months. Still the parents could have let the child live somewhere and then circumstances dictate a change. Then it is further complicated by the fact that there is very little remedy for the court, even though they maintain jurisdiction until 21. The court is not likely going to do anything too severe...


But technically, the juvenile has to obey his parents reasonable commands.


I have seen this come up a few times, and the Judge has just asked why the juvenile won't go home. Depending on the answer, they are sometimes places in an independent living facility, where they are taught life skills and can come and go.