Can I legally move out at 17 in IL?
September 16, 2011 7:58 AM Subscribe
As a 17 year old, can I legally move out on my own in Illinois?
posted by anonymous to Law & Government (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm 17 years old, living in Illinois, and I have at least one parent's consent to move out. I'm not sure about the other. I'm looking to move out of my house, and into an apartment with a couple of friends. I've been looking for and may have a job lined up, which means I don't have too much worry about supporting myself, and I've got some money saved up if I need it. What I am worried about is making sure that I'm staying within my legal boundaries in the process of moving out.
Can I legally move out of my parents' house and into an apartment before I turn 18? If the parent I'm not sure about consent-wise decides to put up a fight, what sorts of obstacles could I be up against? What sort of powers do they have to pull me back into the house? (I.E, could I be arrested as a "runaway" and brought back to the house by force?) If only one parent refuses to give consent for me to move out, do they have the ability to take action, or does my other parent's given consent cancel that out?