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Q: Can two 17 year olds in Texas who both consent to having sex with each other be stopped from having sex by the parents

Texas is the place they both live. Both 17 years of age.

1 Lawyer Answer
Walker Fults
Walker Fults
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Dallas, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: In Texas, the age of consent is 17. That means 17 year olds can consent to sex, so there is no legal issue there.

However, our legal system also treats those under 18 as "minors." While living under the parents' control, minors are expected to listen to and obey their parents. However, disobedience to parents is not a crime. Legally, the parents cannot stop two 17 year olds from having sex, unless they "ground" the minor or take other non-legal measures to enforce their parenting rules.

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