Criteria for an Emancipation Ruling

When deciding whether or not to allow an application for emancipation, the court will consider whether the emancipation is in the minor’s best interest. However factors for determining the minor’s best interest varies from one state to another. However some factors are common in all states. These include:

• whether the minor is in a position to support himself/herself financially at present and also in the future

• whether the minor’s existing and future living arrangements

• whether the minor is in a position to take decision about his or her welfare

• whether the minor is attending school or has received a diploma

• the minor’s level of maturity

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