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    My question involves juvenile law in the State of: Pennsylvania

    How do we go about allowing our 17 year old son to move out of our home 7 months before he is 18? He does not abide by our rules and is continuously verbally and physically abusive. He would like to move out to a home of someone we know until he graduates in June of 2020.

    How do we go about this? We are willing to sign anything we have to so that this can happen.

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    Default Re: Allowing a Child to Move Out at 17

    4304. Endangering welfare of children.
    (a) Offense defined.--

    (1) A parent, guardian or other person supervising the welfare of a child under 18 years of age, or a person that employs or supervises such a person, commits an offense if he knowingly endangers the welfare of the child by violating a duty of care, protection or support.

    (2) A person commits an offense if the person, in an official capacity, prevents or interferes with the making of a report of suspected child abuse under 23 Pa.C.S. Ch. 63 (relating to child protective services).

    (3) As used in this subsection, the term "person supervising the welfare of a child" means a person other than a parent or guardian that provides care, education, training or control of a child.

    (b) Grading.--An offense under this section constitutes a misdemeanor of the first degree. However, where there is a course of conduct of endangering the welfare of a child, the offense constitutes a felony of the third degree.

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    My question involves juvenile law in the State of: Pennsylvania

    How do we go about allowing our 17 year old son to move out of our home 7 months before he is 18? He does not abide by our rules and is continuously verbally and physically abusive. He would like to move out to a home of someone we know until he graduates in June of 2020.

    How do we go about this? We are willing to sign anything we have to so that this can happen.
    As parents, you can allow your minor child to live anywhere that you want your minor child to live. However, you will still be legally responsible for your minor child and will still need to support your minor child until your minor child becomes a legal adult.

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    Let me rephrase this, if he files with the court for emancipation can we just agree and sign?

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    Let me rephrase this, if he files with the court for emancipation can we just agree and sign?
    No, it doesn't work that way. Emancipation is something that works for a minor who is suddenly without parents or guardians and needs to be able to sign contracts or otherwise deal with life in general. It is not for parents who decide that they don't want to be responsible for their children any longer.

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    Let me rephrase this, if he files with the court for emancipation can we just agree and sign?
    The courts will not grant him emancipation under these circumstances. And it will take the court more than seven months just to get to saying "no" so really, it's a moot point.

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