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Hello. My name is***** am sorry to hear about this unfortunate situation.
Unfortunately, in the state of North Carolina, a person is considered a minor child until the age of 18, unless legally married or legally emancipated.
So, if the minor who is 17 has a job that produces income which would allow the minor to support herself, including paying for her own housing, then the minor can file petition for emancipation in the local court and the judge will review the petition and will hold the hearing and will decide whether to grant legal emancipation to a 17 year old.
Here is the link to the legal emancipation petition available from the NC courts:
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