Q: My 16 yr old in NC left home over a month ago and now wants to obtain her personal belongings, do I have to give it back
A: If your child is 16 and not emancipated, she is considered a "minor". Therefore, she does not actually "own" (legally) any of the items in your possession. On the other hand, if she wishes to return to your home, she can (and should, under the law) be allowed to do so - she is your responsibility as a parent.
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