What Is the Minimum Legal Age to Leave Home?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 25, 2020 9:21:11 PM ET

According to Nolo, the minimum legal age to leave home is 16 in most states; legally leaving home before age 18 is called emancipation. Emancipation frees parents from their financial obligations to support the minor. Minors are free from any obligation to remain physically with their parents. Generally, there are three ways to get emancipated: marriage, joining the military or petitioning a court.