CanI move out of my parents house at the age of 17, ifI have a1 year old daughter?

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CanI move out of my parents house at the age of 17, ifI have a1 year old daughter?

My parents won’t let my daughter’s father see her or me. I want to move out and continue on as a family.

Asked on January 27, 2011 under Family Law, Kansas

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Until you are 18 you are under your parents legal control. There is, however, an exception if the minor becomes "emancipated". Emancipation is a legal process in which a judge decides that you are old enough and mature enough to handle your own personal and financial matters. This allows you to conduct business without any adult supervision or control. An emancipation proceeding is begun by filing a petition in the district court of the county where you live. You will need to show that you have a job and can support yourself, that you have a place to live, and other requirements. Your best bet is to speak to an attorney in your area about all of this.  Check with your state social services department about free/low cost legal services that may be available to minors.

Note:   You can also become emancipated if you are 16 or 17 and marry.  However, in KS, if you are under 18 you will need your parents permission (or the permission of the court or legal guardian) to wed.


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