Can You Move Out at 17?

State laws regarding the emancipation of minors vary. Almost all states do have such laws in place in order to provide an avenue for parents and minors to petition for legal independence. Consult the statutes for the state of residence to determine eligibility.

Emancipation is a legal process through which a minor who is under age 18 is declared independent of his or her parents' or guardian's governance and financial responsibility. Minors who seek emancipation often believe the level of guidance provided to them through adult guardianship is not sufficiently meeting their needs. Parents who initiate emancipation do so either because their minor children request it or because they no longer feel that they are able to fulfill their parental obligations.