If I am 17 years old and pregnant, am I legally aloud to leave my parent’s house without their consent or without them being able to report me a runaway?

I am 17 and pregnantbut the baby’s father is completely involved so I have someone to support me financially. I have a safe place to go and I would really like to leave my parent’s house because it is nothing but screaming, hitting and fights around the house. I have tried to leave but my mom said that if I leave she was allowed to call and report me as a runaway. She also said that she could get me in trouble or sent to juvenile hall, so I wanted to get the truth from someone who knows the law. I’m desperate for details about being able to leave your parent’s house at 17 if I’m pregnant.

Asked on July 29, 2012 under Family Law, Texas

Answers:

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The issue is not whether or not you are pegnant but the fact that you are seventeen (17) years old and deemed a minor subject to the trust and charge of your parents under the laws of all states in this country until you are eighteen (18) years of age or an order of emancipation.

You can leave your parents' home but your parents have a legal obligation to safeguard your interests until you are an adult. If you leave without their consent, you most likely will be reported as a runaway.


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