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Can 17-year-olds legally move out of their parents' home in Florida?

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Until the age of 18, unmarried teenage residents of Florida do not have the legal right to move out of their parents' home unless they have parental consent or have obtained an act of emancipation from the Florida court system, as noted on the Florida Bar Organization website. Emancipation, when granted by a Florida circuit court judge, enables a minor to be removed from the disabilities of nonage when the minor reaches the age of 16.

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Unmarried minors who leave their parents' home without having first obtained an act of emancipation are considered runaways, as stated by Attorney Renee C. Walsh on the LawRefs website. Anyone assisting or sheltering a runaway without notifying the minor's parents or legal guardian can be found in violation of Florida law under statutes 985.731.

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