I have a close friend who is 17 and plans on getting married. She doesn't turn 18 for another year. Does she have to have parental permission to do so? The problem is that she doesn't have a father and lives with her grandmother (even though she doesn't have custody). Her mom has custody. Her mom doesn't want her getting married because it is an interracial relationship and she is against that, but she is 6 months pregnant and also has a 19 month old girl. Her boyfriend already has a good job lined up, graduates from college in a couple months, and wants to marry her and be a father. Her daughter was born with Situs Inversus (where all her organs are reversed) and two holes in her heart. Her grandmother said that if she moves out, then she is going to call CPS and fight for custody of the kids. Can she legally do that? The reason she wants custody and wants her to stay is because she collects welfare on both my friend and her child. Her grandmother doesn't give my friend the welfare for her child and uses it to buy cigarettes... so it's hard for her to pay for diapers and wipes and everything a toddler needs. She also wants to keep the kid is because she can get child's disability and bring in a ton of money every month. Anyways, I know that she shouldn't have had kids super young (and it is her fault). She wants to get her GED but is having a lot of trouble doing so. Her mom was in prison for 8 years of her life and she had to live with her grandmother. Her grandmother never put her in school. She paid a teacher to come over to her house once a month and let her claim the children on her taxes illegally. That means that my friend doesn't know most of the things she needs to know to get her GED. Her boyfriend WILL have a college degree in a few months and can take care of her and these children. Anyways, my questions are... Can she move out and get married at 17 without parental consent? Can her grandmother report her as a runaway? Can her grandmother legally get custody of her children when she gets a check for being mentally unstable?