Can I move out at 18 with my child with my parents having no say in that?

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Can I move out at 18 with my child with my parents having no say in that?

I’m 17 and wil be 18 in just a little over 3 months. I had my child at 15, and ever since then my mom and stepdad have been telling me I’m a bad mom and I’ll never get anywhere in life. Simply because I had a child at 15 and they say I had no business having a baby that young. They say that when I turn 18, they want me out. and that I have to leave my child with them. But at 18 I’m a legal adult, right? I already have a place to go with my son. At my best friends house. Her parents are more of parents to me then my own. My child’s father is in his life, and has a very good job.

Asked on November 26, 2012 under Family Law, North Carolina

Answers:

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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

At age 18, you are considered to be an adult in the eyes of the law. Therefore, you can move out, and with your child. Your parent's hve no custody rights just because they are the child's grandparents. If they want custody, they will have to go to court and challenge your fitness a s a parent. Based on the limited information given, they do not appear to have grounds on which to challenge your fitness.


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