Emancipation is a legal way for children to become adults before they are 18. Once a child is emancipated, his or her parents do not have custody or control of him or her anymore. Emancipation is usually forever. But the court can cancel the emancipation if the minor asking for the emancipation lies to the court or is no longer able to support himself or herself.
If you are emancipated, you can do some things without your parent’s permission, like:
If you are emancipated, you will give up the right to be supported by your parents.
Even if you are emancipated:
Note: If you have a legal guardian, all of the information in this section about parents applies to your legal guardian and your case, too.
There are 3 ways to get emancipated:
If you do not want to live with your parents, you do not necessarily have to get emancipated. You can:
You can learn a lot more about emancipation by reading Legal Services for Children’s Emancipation Manual. This manual has a lot of answers about emancipation for teenagers.
Read the Emancipation Pamphlet (Form MC-301) for more information about the court process.