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    hi im a 17yr old girl in texas and i want to live with my grandparents and i turn 18 in two months. ive wanted to file a emancipation but i have no way of getting to court bc my mom takes me everywhere. i dont go anywhere or hangout with friends. she doesnt even let me have a phone but my grandparents have given me a phone because my mom tends to leave me and my little sister alone a lot. my parents are getting a divorece so theres a lot of arguing. i want to leave to my grandparents for a few days...and soon move in but i want to make sure that my grandparents wont face any legal problems. can the cops still take me back home if my mom knows where im at??

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    Hi there,

    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. It seems there is a lot that you are faced with right now and you’re feeling like leaving is one of your only options. It seems you want to know some information on runaway laws.

    While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.

    We are here as support to help through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by forum to assist you. If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon.

    Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).

    If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.

    Be safe,

    NRS
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

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