What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Georgia
I'm a 17 year old girl (I turn 18 this summer) in GA. My parents are so controlling and have major anger issues. My dad has a temper and has attacked my mom in the past, and they separated and got back together again. He has put keylogging software on my computer before (I removed it), and is threatening to do it again. He's threatening to GPS bug my car, tap my phones, and he forced me to give all my passwords to all my internet accounts. He yells and swears at everyone in the family all the time and is very controlling about what I'm allowed to do and who with (beyond normal parenting...we're talking major controlling, checking up on everything I do, calling everyone I hang out with & their parents, etc). He wants to threaten High School boys I hang out with.
I just hate living here and want to run away so badly. I have really good grades all through high school and everything, but I can't stand living at home any longer and don't even care if I graduate anymore. I realize most of you will tell me just to stick it out for a few more months and then leave legally blah blah blah. OK, I get that, and may very well do so, but the questions I really want answers to are as follows:
How much trouble would I be in if I ran away and was found before I turned 18 this summer?
How much trouble would I be in if I ran away and hid until after I turned 18, then stopped hiding? Would I still be in legal trouble because I ran away while I was still a minor, even though I'm not a minor anymore and can legally be out on my own? Would my parents have to press charges, or is it out of their hands? If I can still get in trouble, how long until it's no longer a valid legal issue? I mean, I know there is a such thing as a "statute of limitations" where after so many years you can't get in trouble for something done in the past. Could I just hide for like 3 years and then never get in trouble for it?
I'd PREFER not to have to resort to this next one, but I hate home so badly, that I will if it will work and make it legal for me to leave. So, apparently I read online that Georgia lets minors leave home without their parents' consent if they are pregnant. The age of consent in GA is 16. So technically I could legally get pregnant with my boyfriend, and then leave home without my parent's consent, correct? My boyfriend is in his 20's...but my parents don't know we're dating (it's been 4 months, known each other for longer), so NO that isn't why they're being such controlling jerks...they think I'm still dating my 18yr old ex-bf. My adult bf isn't a GA resident, does that matter, or do I need to check on the laws for his state residency too? If we moved in together, would we have to stay in GA, or could we go to another state? Since age of consent is 16 in GA and I'm ALMOST 18, then my bf can't get in trouble if we start having sex, can he? If age of consent is 16, then if my parents found out about my new bf, could they seriously restrict me from seeing him if I can legally consent to any relationship I want at 16 anyway? If I get pregnant by him, then they definitely couldn't restrict us as I understand it right?
I just want to know my options. I may just wait things out in the end, so I don't need lectures about how I shouldn't date a guy in his 20's, or how I shouldn't get pregnant yet or any of that. I just want to know LEGALLY what is the answer if I just can't take it anymore and HAVE to leave home one way or another. How would things play out LEGALLY? Thanks.