17 year old have family issues. Half brother stated she can live with him until she finishes school
Generally, 18 is considered the "age of majority" in Texas whereby a teenager can leave the home of parental supervision. However, the Lone Star state offers a few exceptions that govern a minor's eligibility for emancipation by petition:
(1) If said minor is a legal resident of Texas, 17 years old, and is capable of supporting & managing his/her own affairs, or
(2) same requirements as (1) above for a 16-year-old but said youth is currently living apart from his/her parents.
In either above situation, the teenager seeking emancipation will have to provide in the petition:
* Name, age, residency of petitioner;
* Name and residency of parents/guardians (if still living), or managing conservator (if applicable);
* Reasons why the proposed emancipation serves the best interests of the petitioning minor, and
* Purpose for the request
A court may also order the minor emancipated if emancipation is in the child’s best interest.
The rules for emancipation of a minor are listed under Chapter 31 of the Texas Family Code.
Exceptions are also available for a minor who has registered to serve in the military. In addition, any minor who has legally married in Texas is automatically emancipated.
My colleague has correctly stated the "legal" options. The practical question tough is anybody going to try to stop him?
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