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Child Emancipation

In the United States, minors become legal adults at the age of 18 in every state. This means that prior to their 18th birthday, a person’s legal guardians have authority to make decisions regarding their medical care, education, living arrangements, and other issues in their life. In some situations, a minor may need or desire to have sole legal authority over their life because it is in their best interest or there is a threat to their wellbeing. When this is the case, the minor may file for emancipation from their parents.

Circumstances that May Allow for Emancipation

Marriage and joining the armed forces both require parental consent, but once these things are done you can become emancipated fairly easily. However, without these things you will need to be able to prove that emancipation is in your best interests and that you are able to provide for yourself. In most circumstances, emancipation is an option if any of the following conditions apply:

  • Financial independence
  • Abandonment by parents
  • Marriage

In most states, a minor can only file for emancipation once they have turned 16, but some states go as low as 14 and as high as 17. Additionally, some states use partial emancipation, which allows parents to continue exercising some control in their minor child’s life, while being free of the responsibility of other decisions.

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Getting emancipated from your legal guardians can be a daunting task, especially as no two situations are the same. If you are considering seeking emancipation, you may be able to benefit from the help of an experienced attorney. For more information on emancipation and how an attorney can help, contact the Colleyville child emancipation attorneys of Alexander & Associates today at 817-756-4040.