Can a pregnant 17 year old female legaly move out of her parents house? 1 Answers as of August 08, 2011

I have a stressed out girlfriend because she is being forced into things she does not want to do. Can she legally move out of her parents house?

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John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law
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There is no "law" that says where your girlfriend must live, so technically she can "legally" move out. The correct question is "what can/will happen" if she does move out. She is obligated to obey her parents until she is emancipated; whether or not she is emancipated is a question of fact, but generally for a 17 year old that means is she financially capable of caring for herself and her unborn child. Her parents may choose to get the Child Protective Services (CPS) office involved to assist in determining whether judicial proceedings are necessary : either for her or for the unborn child. Without knowing what specific things the parents are "forcing" on her it is not possible to judge whether she is being a spoiled brat or the victim of child abuse, or something in between. Because her ability to care for her child on her own may be in doubt, unless she seeks help from the CPS herself she faces the risk that she could lose the child, temporarily or permanently, if judicial proceedings indicate that she is endangering the child's welfare due to simply moving out.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 8/8/2011
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