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The governing law is Chapter 31 of the Texas Family Code, called "Removal of Disabilities of Minority." This is the main body of law which governs emancipation
in Texas.In short, the law requires that the child requesting Removal of Disabilities of a Minor by the court show that:
(1) he/she is a resident Texas, that
(2) the minor is either 17 years old, or is 16 and is living separate from the parents, and, (3) the minor is self-supporting and managing his/her own affairs.
She'd have to file a PETITION FOR EMANCIPATION in her county's family court and have a quick hearing on it. If she can show to the court that she can handle her own affairs, she'd be emancipated, but the mother will have the right to argue this.
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Edited by Eli on 7/5/2010 at 6:00 PM EST