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Can your parents call the police or take you to court if you move out at 17 in Texas?

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2011-09-12 14:10:43
2011-09-12 14:10:43
Being Forced HomeThe parents can file a petition with Superior Court to have an order of custodial rights granted, if it is granted they can present the order to local law enforcement. Once the police have been served with the order they can take the minor into custody, and either return them to the parents or to a juvenile facility to await a court hearing.

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  • When i was 16 i ranaway, and yes i was filed as a runaway and had to go home BUT my mother did speak DIRECTLY to a cop and he said that if i was 17 there was nothing he could do to MAKE me go home, OR file me as a runaway. He couldn't do either. The only thing is you DO have to be attending school. and at least call your parents and tell them that you are okay if that's what the cop decides.
  • There may be a loophole for 17-year-olds in Texas. Apparently if they are supporting themselves Texas police won't generally force a 17-year-old to go home.
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