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  • emancipation 17 year old Missouri

    Originally posted by cbg View Post
    Posting it once was enough.

    Just for clarification, there is NO state where a minor is emancipated by law at 17. It is 18 or older in all states. There are a couple of states where a badly worded law makes it difficult for a 17 year old who has left home without permission to be returned there, but that does not mean that the 17 year old is acting legally or has legal authorization to leave at 17. The age of consent, the age an individual is considered an adult for criminal offenses, and the age of majority are all different concepts. The age of majority (the age at which you are considered a legal adult for all purposes, including parental support and the legal right to leave home without permission) is 18 or older EVERYWHERE IN THE US.
    In the above post you state "There are a couple of states where a badly worded law makes it difficult for a 17 year old who has left home without permission to be returned there, but that does not mean that the 17 year old is acting legally or has legal authorization to leave at 17." Our child recently turned 17 and left home in Missouri without our permission, and we have attempted to use the Status Offense provision as grounds to have her returned. We have been told by authorities that enforcing the Status Offense violation as detailed by the original poster BillZBubba is impossible because the Statute was passed without funding. In other words, the legislature passed one-half of the bill (lowering the age to 17 in order to have them tried as adults) but failed to pass the funding to enforce Status Offense violations (note that the Statute shows the wording "*Contingent effective date"). Are you aware of any other means to have her returned?

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    yeshua, you should have started a new thread with your question. You added your question to a thread from 2009 - I will start a new thread for you.
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