Children and the Law
Emancipation and Ages for Moving Out

What might be the consequences of a 17-year-old leaving the custody of their legal guardians and moving in with someone else in Texas?



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That would be a determination made by the court. Legal guardianship differs from parental custody in the respect that the appointed guardians are responsible for answering directly to the court for actions of the minor. That being the case, it would be a simple matter for the court to issue an order to have the minor returned to the custodial family or remanded to juvenile authorities to await a hearing on the issue.