By: Bob Kozik | May 25th, 2014 | 1 comments

While technically its possible through a legal process known as, “emancipation” there’s no landlord that is going to rent to you, so if you do manage to get your parents to sign all the necessary legal documents you’d still have like no options. At that point your only real hope is to find a friend who’s parents are willing to let you move in. Otherwise you’ve pretty much just got your parents to abandon you.

You do however qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program(SNAP/food stamps) without any work requirements! That goes away by your next birthday, but in meantime you’ve got that weight off your shoulders. For those of you who aren’t living in low-income households already it’s going to be a shock to your system. What if you burn through your allowance? Find a food bank or starve.

Everybody thinks its going to be all sunshine and gumdrops after moving out, but the reality is the younger you are the more likely you’ll be preyed on by criminals: burglars, drug dealers, gangs, sex-traffickers, etc. All that stuff only seems like easy money while you’re teen because you haven’t been in it long enough to be at any real risk. By the time you’re 25 you’ll either be a felon, in jail, or dead. Your friends are full of shit, nobody’s brother or cousin is living the dream.

If you’re being abused or neglected tell a guidance counselor you trust. Because they can put you in touch with folks that can help you out. At fifteen you can’t even get a state ID, so if you’re not in an abusive situation it just isn’t worth it. You can however get started on gather the items you’ll need to move out in the future. Don’t tell your parents, just put the stuff away in your closet or whatever.

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