When is the right time to leave?
- The right time depends on your situation or your goals
- Some people stay home until they are well into their 30’s and others decide to leave much earlier than that
- If you’re under 18 leaving home might be more difficult as your parents remain your legal guardians until you turn 18 - for more information about the laws on leaving home before the age of 18, visit Youth Law Australia
How do I make such a big decision?
In making a decision to leave home, you might consider these questions:
What are the pros and cons?
Do I have a safe place to go?
How will this impact my life now?
How might this affect my life in the future?
Am I ready and able to look after myself?
How will I cover my expenses?
How will I feel if I leave home?
Leaving home can be an emotional time for some people and can bring up a whole range of feelings. You may feel:
"If you're having any or all of these feelings, remember it’s ok to feel that way! The important thing is to take care of yourself."
It’s important that you make a decision that is right for you and your situation.
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