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My friend needs to get out of her house. - August 8th 2010, 05:28 AM

I'm 18 and have been planning on moving out for a while now. My best friend is 16 (but very, very mature for her age) and I promised her that if I'm still apartment-less by her 18th birthday, we can find a place together. My friend's got a sort of troubled home life, and tonight her mom crossed some lines. Long story short, she wants out NOW. I'd be more than happy to find a place with her, but I don't want to get into any legal trouble. I can just see her mom telling her she can move out, then calling the cops on her for running away.

So my question is, what can I do to help my friend? Could I have her parents sign some sort of contract saying she's got the go ahead to live with me (preferably something besides an emancipation form?) I want to do more than just wait for them to work things out, because as soon as they do there will be another crisis on the horizon. Any ideas?

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Re: My friend needs to get out of her house. - August 8th 2010, 09:45 AM

I don't believe anything would relieve her parents of full responsibility, save for legal emancipation or granting custody to an adult relative. Signing a piece of paper isn't going to do squat... what if their daughter was injured, and they didn't provide the proper medical care for her? What if your friend couldn't afford it herself? Would her parents be guilty of child negligence? Would YOU be guilty of child negligence, since she would be living under your roof at the time? SOMEONE has to be responsible for the care of your friend, so long as she is a minor, unless she is legally emancipated.

Also, your friend would not be able to sign a lease agreement unless she was legally emancipated. So even if you did manage to get your friend's parents to sign some piece of paper that says "Our daughter is now free to live her life independent of us", you would be the sole person on the lease agreement. All the utility and telephone/cable/internet bills would be in your name. Basically... if anything bad happened, it would ALL fall on you, and not on your friend, because she is a minor.

If your friend is being abused (physically/emotionally/etc.), and she has evidence of this (eyewitness, chat transcripts, text messages, audio/video recordings, pictures of injuries, etc.), then she can go to the police and file a complaint against her parents. She can also contact Child Protective Services. You can accompany her for both. =)

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