According to the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University Law School, a child is legally able to move out of his parents' home at the age of majority, which is 18 in most states. In some states, the age of majority is 19.
Through the legal process of emancipation, a minor can be legally declared independent of his parents. The specific laws regarding emancipation vary by state, but not all states enact laws or statutes pertaining to emancipation. A court typically hears a case and rules on the issue of emancipation in response to a third-party petition. The petition may be filed on behalf of the minor by an attorney, parent, legal guardian or court-appointed representative.Learn More
It may be possible to move out at 17, but it depends on a set of very defined circumstances according to Cornell Law School. In all states, minors under age 18 (or another age if 18 is not the age of majority in that state) can become emancipated from their parents if a court agrees to the emancipation.Full Answer >
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.Full Answer >
In the United States, no federal law exists setting an age at which children can stay home along unsupervised, although some states have certain restrictions on age for children to stay home alone as well as duration of unsupervised period. Generally, individual families have quite a bit of flexibility in determining when children are physically and emotionally mature enough to remain home without parental supervision. Although most states do not have specific ages for leaving kids alone, some states, such as Maryland, require children who are age 8 or younger to have adult supervision, such as a babysitter or nanny, when parents must leave the home.Full Answer >
Pennsylvania law does not specify an age at which children may be left home alone. This important question has gained national attention recently as parents try to decide when their children are old enough to be left to care for themselves or others.Full Answer >