Emancipation Laws

Emancipation law deals with process that enables a minor to move away from the legal guardianship of his or her parents and be legally considered an adult. It also deals with the rights and obligations of the emancipated minor. Under emancipation laws, a minor can be automatically emancipated under certain circumstances. Please click on the following links to know more about emancipation laws:

  • Minor Emancipation Basics :Learn about what minor emancipation entails, how to obtain an emancipation order, limitations on emancipation, the age requirements for emancipation, and more.
  • Criteria for an Emancipation Ruling : In this section, you’ll find information on common criteria for an emancipation ruling, including how to define the “best interests” of the child.
  • Automatic Emancipation : Learn about the situations in which emancipation may be automatic, including joining the armed forces and getting married.
  • State Emancipation Laws : Learn about your state’s stance on minor emancipation, the process involved, the criteria considered when making a determination, and more.
  • How Long Do Parents’ Legal Obligations to Their Children Continue? : While parents’ legal obligations typically terminate when a minor reaches the age of majority, there are certain circumstances where parental obligations may terminate at an earlier date, including emancipation.

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