I've been in a relationship with this guy for about 3 months and my parents have strict rules even though I'm 18 years old. They tell me if I ever tried spending the night with my boyfriend, they would call the cops on me and him for kidnapping/running away, and we would be arrested or sent back home. Is that even legal considering I'm a legal adult as far as laws and willing to be with him?
Most Helpful Guy
They can call the cops, sure. The cops may even show up. But at 18, you are a legal adult, and if you say you are there by choice, the cops will most likely just leave. I say "most likely" because some will probably try to get more involved, but at 18 you are legally emancipated from your parents in the US, so there are no laws being broken. You have the right to go wherever you want. And there most certainly is not a kidnapping taking place if you just went over to his house. They would be at risk of filing false complaints if they knew he didn't actually kidnap you.
However, at 18 your parents also no longer have any legal responsibility towards you. So they can kick you out of the house whenever they feel like it. So the rules they enforce are part of the trade off...'we give you somewhere to live, and food to eat, and you do what we tell you to do'. There is no legal backing to any of it - either side can nullify the 'contract' at any time.
Basically, they can phone them, but it's not against the law so nothing will happen, legally. But they can kick you out of the house if you don't like what you're doing.1
Most Helpful Girl
Kidnapping does not only apply to children. So technically... yes, they can. However, with most missing persons/kidnapping charges... a period of like 24 hours needs to go by first. But that's also dependent on district.
Why not you just respect them and not be a snot about it?1
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