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If your 17-year-old high school daughter moved in with a friend what are your legal responsibilities and options?

Kathy Robinson

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Cynthia Baker on October 31, 2019

I can answer this question! I went when I was 17 years of age despite the fact that I should not have. What are your legal responsibilities? Well, legally still your guardian. Andou can call the police if you want her to come back. If that is what you want anyway. If you don't want any responsibility for it, you can tell him to go get emancipated. If she wants to be on her own, let her see what the real world is like. I think that would refer to his happy legs back to the house. In the case of get emancipated, you have no legal rights. It would be a legal adult and have to take care of itself. All you would have to do is sign the paper. Personally, I wouldn't allow him to go out on your own. That is his daughter. She needs a path to follow and your mother to pave that road. She doesn't know what she is getting herself into. Reply Great advice (above)! You are legally responsible for your child despite the fact that she is living in another place unless she has been emancipated (and I think that you must agree to the emanciaption or at least be involved in the process of emancipation.)You can call the police and have her strength to go home although I would not recommend that course of action. Many children are moving with friends at this age because they rebel against the rules of the house". You can let your daughter know that she is welcome to come home, but that can be expected of her to follow his rules and that is their choice from there. You don't say if she went to live with a friend who lives on your own or still living at home with their parent(s). You also don't say what the circumstances are, but I would strongly recommend keeping the lines of communication open with your daughter despite the fact that I know that can be very difficut and requires a large amount of 'tongue bite'! Seventeen is a difficult task and stressful age for all teens and parents - and I know because I'm going through now for the third time! My thoughts,prayers and best wishes to you and your daughter! I do not agree with the previous answer. First of all, the police (here in California) don't do a thing for 24 hours. Asking children to conform to the rules is a continuous process......only swore to do so, in order to return home. It usually only lasts until the next time you want to do something outside of the rules. I say we get where it has. Call the school and let them know what happens. Make sure that it is documented that they went out of the house. Emancipation is a process that takes time, that would probably be eighteen years of age at the time that this takes place. If you have a cell phone, have it turned off. Refuse to allow them to take the items that you bought. My son is always on the move as soon as he wants to break the rules. I've been nothing but fair to him, driving him to and from work daily, allowing their friends to stay at my house, listening to his sarcasm, and I'm done. He is seventeen and this night, can't live under my roof. I fight for the size of the house in which we live, so that he can have his own room. I am putting in my notice, move to a smaller place, I have told their friends to get their things for the morning, and my son can begin the walk of being a "mature man", as he likes to put it. Also, without a driver's license until he can do this on your own. Good luck with your daughter, but I say put the hammer down.

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