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    Default Do I Have to Wait Until I Am 18 or Can I Leave After I Graduate

    My question involves emancipation laws for the State of: Nevada & California

    I'm a 17 year old living in Nevada. I'm originally from California and my parents moved me here. I want to move back to California after I graduate high school and attend college there (a community college). I graduate in June but I don't turn 18 until September. My parents don't want to let me move out so if I can't legally move out in June, I'd have to wait until September, when I turn 18.

    I just can't live in my house anymore and I've been waiting 2 years to graduate so I can finally move out but now the problem of my age has come up because I will not turn 18 when I graduate, which was when I was planning to leave my house.

    So my questions are:
    Can I leave when I graduate or would I have to wait until I turn 18 in September?
    And if I leave in June, when I graduate, before I turn 18, could they call the police on me?
    But if they do call the police, wouldn't me leaving count as beneficial to my education since I'm attending college in California, and I would need to arrive there early to prepare for the upcoming semester? (Fall semester starts in August, if I have to wait until September so I'd be 18, I'd miss registration for Fall semester)
    Also, if I am able to leave in June, can I just leave without leaving any way for them to contact me? Or would they still count as my legal guardian since I am still 17 and not 18 yet?

    I COULD wait until I turn 18 if I needed to, but I rather leave as soon as I can.

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    Default Re: Do I Have to Wait Until I Am 18 or Can I Leave After I Graduate

    Can I leave when I graduate or would I have to wait until I turn 18 in September? Your date of graduation is totally irrelevant. While in a few states the law says you are emancipated on your 18th birthday or the day you graduate, whichever is LATER, in NO state does graduation BEFORE the age of 18 emancipate you. You can leave on your 18th birthday or the day your parents give you permission, whichever is earlier. It matters not whether you have graduated or not.

    And if I leave in June, when I graduate, before I turn 18, could they call the police on me? Yes.

    But if they do call the police, wouldn't me leaving count as beneficial to my education since I'm attending college in California, and I would need to arrive there early to prepare for the upcoming semester? (Fall semester starts in August, if I have to wait until September so I'd be 18, I'd miss registration for Fall semester) Totally irrelevant. You leave when your parents give you permission to leave, or when you are 18. What is and is not "beneficial to your education", in your opinion, does not make the law go away.

    Also, if I am able to leave in June, can I just leave without leaving any way for them to contact me? Or would they still count as my legal guardian since I am still 17 and not 18 yet? They are your legal guardians until your 18th birthday and not one minute before. If you leave without permission, whether or not you have left a means of contact, that is called, running away from home, and you can get your little behind hauled right back home.

    Once and for all, graduating is NOT relevant to your becoming a legal adult, having the right to leave home, or any other issues you may try to raise. As long as you are 17 years, 364 days old or younger, your parents have 100% control over where you live.

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    Default Re: Do I Have to Wait Until I Am 18 or Can I Leave After I Graduate

    So even if me waiting until I turn 18 means I'll miss the first semester of college, that doesn't count for anything?

    When I leave, what can I take with me? I know I can't take my car because it is in my mom's name, but what about laptop? Clothes? Furniture? Am I allowed to take things that were GIVEN to me, but not purchased by me? Because I have paid for most of my own things but the things I didn't pay for, but take care of and use, can I take that with me as well?

    Thank you for your help (:

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    Default Re: Do I Have to Wait Until I Am 18 or Can I Leave After I Graduate

    Legally, no, it doesn't count for a darned thing. Nothing in the law grants you the guaranteed right to go to college the first semester after you graduated. The law doesn't say, as long as you're going to college you get to disobey your parents and leave without permission.

    You can take the stuff that you personally purchased or whatever your parents give you permission to take.

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    Default Re: Do I Have to Wait Until I Am 18 or Can I Leave After I Graduate

    Okay, thanks for your help.

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    Default Re: Do I Have to Wait Until I Am 18 or Can I Leave After I Graduate

    I'd like to also mention that if you are planning on applying for financial aid in California, you will need your parents tax information... until you either get married or turn 24.... It doesn't matter if you support yourself; trust me I've been there...

    Plus, along with needing your parents info, you will pay more money for tuition because of your out of state residence...

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