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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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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."

E-Books from the Texas State Law Library

Many of the e-books available through the State Law Library contain forms or drafting guides. Below are some electronic resources that may help you with your research on children and the law.

See Volume 4, Objective U: Emancipating a Minor and Volume 5, Objecive Y: Appointing Guardian for Minor.

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