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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.

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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.

If a 17-year-old moves out, are they considered a "runaway"?

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