At What Age is My Child Considered an Adult in Texas?

Gary Ashmore
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Probate, Estate Planning, and Family Law Attorney in Dallas, Texas

What can you do with your teenager if they are causing problems in the household, at school, or want to move out? As a parent, you have control over your children until they are 18 years of age. At the age of 18, they become an adult. However, prior to the age of 18, a child can be or may be emancipated, or declared an adult in the eyes of the state of Texas. To declare emancipation, the child must have a full time job, be capable of supporting his/herself, and prove to a court that he/she does not need parental supervision any longer. This is a difficult burden for a teenager to overcome.

So the question is, what can parents do with kids they can no longer control? But the answer is, it’s a grey area. Speak with a qualified attorney to find out your options.