Emancipation Procedure

The emancipation procedure starts with the filing of the emancipation petition in the proper court. The petition must be filed by the minor or the minor’s parent depending on the state law. The minor must meet the eligibility criteria for emancipation as determined by state law. The court will allow the emancipation if it is in the best interest of the minor. This emancipation procedure section provides information about the process, the rights and obligations of an emancipated minor, state forms and much more. Please click on the links to know more:

  • Automatic Emancipation : Learn about the situations in which emancipation may be automatic, including joining the armed forces and getting married.
  • 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.
  • State Emancipation Laws : Learn about your state’s stance on minor emancipation, the process involved, the criteria considered when making a determination, and more.

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