My girlfriend is 17 and lives with her mother who emotionally abuses her in Illinois. I have read online that the age of majority is 18 I know that is correct but I have also read that females at the age of 17 can move out without parents consent if they have a safe place to stay without any legal troubles is that true?
1 Answer from Attorneys
Illinois allows 17 year olds (male and female) to move out under what's called "emancipation". It is a court procedure. It can be fought. She should seek out an attorney's help for this if there is abuse involved. Since she is also still a minor steer clear of being a hero.