As a matter of fact, I did read a Texas
statute on his leaving at 17. Can I quote the
number right off hand? No. But trust me, it's
only because we're LEARNING at this stage.
There is not a single chance of me helping
him take ANY action until I know all the
current laws, and can quote the code, because
neither of us are so stupid as to endanger
our futures because his parents are, well, I
can't say that word on here.
Well, here's a link to the entire Texax Family Code. Maybe you'll find it if you work your way through the whole thing.
Did you just skip over the paragraph in which
I said his parents won't let him out of the
house except for SCHOOL and RELIGION? They
won't even let him take Driver's Education
because they think having a license is going
to be "an invitation for trouble and unGodly
I could give you a little more support if the parents were abusing the kid. But parents have a right to raise their kids based on their own moral and religious principles no matter how onerous they seem to others. What you and I might call a religious freak is perfectly reasonable to them. Sure, the kid doesn't like to be raised that strictly. Well, tough you-know-what.
My stepson didn't like obeying rules either and left home when he was 15. There was always somebody else's parents that would put him up for a few days, feed him, and give him a couple of bucks instead of telling him to go home and straighten out. Then he'd move on. When he ran out of friends' parents he ended up on the street and his life went downhill from there.
I guess I should ask if you think talking to
a Justice of the Peace would be any better?
My grandfather knows one personally
Wouldn't hurt to start there. Just keep in mind that JPs are just as likely not to be lawyers or judges and might not be such a good source of legal information.
I'm trying to look for the cheapest way to
learn since he isn't allowed a job and money
is kinda tight for me right now.
But you have the money to support a 17 year old till he finishes high school and can go out and make a living? Are you planning on helping him get a drivers license, let him drive your car, pay the additional cost of car insurance (which could easily be another 1000 or more per year)? What will you do if he needs to go to the doctor or dentist? If you are successful at getting him away from his parents, do you think they'll keep paying for his insurance?
Your desire to help the kid is laudable, but I suspect he playing on your sympathies to rope you into something you are sure to regret.
Beyond the legal issues, I hope you seriously think through the personal consequences for everybody involved if you get into the middile of his family situation.