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Question: I am 17 and have a child; can I move in with his father without my mothers consent?
Answer: In Arizona, and probably in most other states, your mother has the right and the duty to control and care for you until you are an adult. Being an adult in Arizona means either that you are 18 years old, or that you are emancipated. Therefore, you may not live anywhere except where your mother (or someone else who is given custody or guardianship of you by the court) tells you to live.
To become emancipated you must be able to support yourself. Providing for yourself means that you feed and cloth yourself, provide yourself with transportation to work and school, provide insurance, pay taxes, etc. You must be able to do all of these things, and you will be required to do all of these things for yourself.
In addition, if you try to move in with the father of your child who is an adult (18 or over) he can be prosecuted (read more about this...).
You have a lot to think about before you make your next move. Take time to consider it fully.