I am going to be 17 when I graduate highschool in Colorado. I will be going to college away from home. I do not want to wait until the new year starts and I do not want to Iive in a dorm. Can I move out after I graduate and live with my boyfriend? He will be 21 and I will be 17?


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Re: Can I move out at 17 in Colorado ?Hello,Thank you for taking the time to write to us here at the National Runaway Safeline.It sounds like you plan on moving out of your parents’ house right after you graduate high school and live with your boyfriend. We understand the concept of living in a dorm can seem undesirable in contrast to living with a partner but we want you to know that we are not legal experts but we are not legal experts nor are we affiliated with the police so we can only speak generally about what could happen if a youth leaves home without the consent of a guardian. For anyone under the age of 18 the parents have the right to make a runaway report. Since it’s only considered a status offense and not a crime to run away, the only thing that would happen is that the police will pick up the youth and bring them back home. This is of course if they had any interaction with the police directly. If the youth is found to be living with anyone else the person that they are staying with could be charged with harboring a runaway, which is a misdemeanor offense. You can find out more about how runaway’s reports are carried out by contacting your local police department. We say this because depending on the police district, the police department, the police officer their response may differ. Some officers may not take an interest in finding a runaway who is so close to being 18. Then again there are some officers who are real sticklers for following the rules to a T. We have even heard in some states that once a youth graduates high school they are legally emancipated.If you would like we could contact your local non-emergency number for you or with you. Just give us a call and one of our trained liners would be happy to assist you. 1-800-RUNAWAY


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