can you stop a child moving out until they are 18 years old

Trina - posted on 05/03/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )




my daughter is 17 years and has been with her new boyfriend just over 5 wks and wants to move out but me and her father have said no cause she is not responsible enough how can we stop her?


Jennifer - posted on 05/03/2011




At 17, I don't think there's really a whole lot you can do. Pretty much you have 2 options. You can call the cops when she leaves and tell them she is a run away. This will get her in legal trouble, and probably cause her to resent you, and make her turn as far away from you as possible. Or, you can sit down, talk to her, explain to her that you don't think she is ready, but if she insists on leaving, let her go. Then make sure you are there to support her mentally and emotionally when she needs it. If you do this, and things don't work out, she is much more likely to turn to you for guidance.


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Angela - posted on 05/03/2011




Legally here anyway you can not stop your child from moving out from the age 16 on but I would check with the RCMP or Social Services to see if they have better information It seems not fair that we are responsible for them till 18 but we can not stop them from moving out. My sister ran away at 16 and the cops said there was nothing my mom could do as long as she has a roof over her head.

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