Can I leave home without parental consent if I’m 16?

Asked on July 8, 2012 under Family Law, Texas


B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You're not quite the age of majority in the State of Texas.  Once you turn 17, you will be considered an adult.  This means that if you do leave the house, then you will personally and individually be liable for your actions.  If you get into trouble, after you turn 17, they will not be required to help you.  So... to answer your question.... since you are 16, you are still under your parent's consent and if you leave without their permission then they can report you as a run-a-way.

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