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Grandmadeana
Grandmadeana asks:
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What can I do to stop my 17yr old granddaughter from moving in with her abusive boyfriend who quit school just shy of graduation?

In Topics: Teen sexuality and dating, My child's grandparent(s)
> 60 days ago

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Boys Town National Hotline
Apr 25, 2012
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What the Expert Says:

If you're her legal guardian and she's not an adult, she legally can't move out.  If she did try to move out -- like if she started staying at her boyfriend's house and won't come home -- call the police.  She's technically a runaway at that point.

Also, if her boyfriend is abusive, consider looking for counseling for her.  If she won't go see a counselor, see if she'll at least contact us at the Boys Town National Hotline: 1-800-448-3000.  We'd be happy to talk to her or you if you guys needed help.

Good luck!

MKM, Counselor
Boys Town National Hotline
1-800-448-3000
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MaineJenn
MaineJenn writes:
If you have physical custody then you can.Depending on the state the child can not do it unless they are emancipated. But when she turns 18 you can't stop her. The best bet would be to research it as well as contact local authority. They would be able to tell you more.
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tallley
tallley writes:
smh.. you need to handle that fast cause i been there and done that with a man beatin on me!!!!!! just call the cops fast cause when she turn 18 you cant really do nuffin or the cops cant do anything cause by that time she grown.....and i dont understand why she want too move in with him if he keep doin stuff to her....smfh i dont understand..just try to talk to her more...c if it workk...
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