I know it’s legal for me to move out at 16 without consent, but could my parents make me stay…?

I am safe at my house with my family but I want to move out. My mom says she could take me to court if I tried to move out on my own. Is this true?

Thank you for contacting us with your question. It seems like you are going through a hard time. It can be difficult when we feel like our loved ones don’t get or understand us. There has been times when I felt like no one in my family understood me or who I was. Many times I have thought about moving out myself because I knew I was responsible enough to do so. When I was researching about moving out, I discovered that the age to leave home is 16 years old.

The main concerns are how you will be able to provide for yourself and how safe will you be own your own. It is very important that you plan ahead and if possible, it may be helpful to talk to someone who you trust about moving out.

I understand that you have many questions about moving out which is very normal, but unfortunately I am not aware of the right legal answers for your questions. To help with your legal advice you may find this resource helpful: http://youthlaw.ca/independent-living/. This is a free resource “Youth Law” that specializes in giving legal advice concerning youth, like yourself. This resource should be helpful for you in learning about you and your parents’ rights specifically concerning the issue of moving out.

I’m glad that you have decided to contact us before making such a hard decision. Sometimes when people are feeling stressed out or in a tough situation they may have thoughts of suicide or self harm, and that’s totally normal. If you are having such thoughts or just want to talk, we are here for you, please do not hesitate to contact us via text us at 587-333-2724 (ConnecTeen Texting Number), call us at 403-264-TEEN (ConnectTeen Phone Number), or chat with us.