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Can a Seventeen-Year-Old Leave Home?

This legal research guide provides information about Texas law regarding juveniles and the age of majority.

Research from Home

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Below are some eBook titles that may help you with your research on children and the law.

Resources at the State Law Library

Below are some of the library resources that can provide further guidance on this topic. The Texas State Law Library has many other resources in addition to the highlights we present below. Please call us at (512) 463-1722 if you have any questions about these materials.

About This Guide

Can a seventeen-year-old leave home? This is a common reference question at the library. While we cannot give you a definitive answer, here is some information that may help you research this topic.

Texas Law

Below you will find references to areas of the Texas Statutes and Texas Attorney General opinions that govern the rights of juveniles and issues related to the age of majority in Texas. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, you may want to view the "plain English" resources on this page or speak to an attorney.

Explained in "Plain English"

Because Texas and federal law may not be easy to understand, below you'll find a collection of resources that help to explain the law in "plain English."

Who Can I Contact?

Legal Research Guides from the Texas State Law Library

The Texas State Law Library reference librarians have compiled legal research guides for specific areas of the law. These guides contain resources that can help you research a legal issue. The American Association of Law Libraries has a guide for Non-Lawyers on How to Research a Legal Problem [PDF]. If you have any questions, please contact us at (512) 463-1722 or at


The information provided on this page has been prepared for general information purposes only and should not be construed as, nor substituted for, legal advice. It is strongly recommended that you contact an attorney for advice specific to your fact situation. Your local bar association or the State Bar of Texas Lawyer Referral Information Service (1-800-252-9690) can assist you with locating an attorney.

Some of the electronic resources we refer to in this guide may be in PDF format. Adobe Reader or similar software is required to view PDFs.

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