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Children and the Law
Emancipation and Ages for Moving Out

Can a 17-year-old move out of his parents' house into another relative's house like a grandparent or aunt in Texas?


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December 18, 2005 11:04PM

Probably. The legal age of majority is 18 but apparently Texas police won't generally force a 17-year-old to move back in with their parents. If you leave home without parental consent, then anyone who takes you in--even if they are a relative--can be facing charges for doing so. Texas does have laws against harboring a runaway. There could possibly be other charges as well.