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Emancipation of Minors

The emancipation of a minor ("divorce from parents") refers to a court process through which a minor child can become legally recognized as an independent adult. This severs the legal control parents or legal guardians have over the minor.

Through emancipation, a minor can take responsibility for their own welfare. Emancipated minors can make the major decisions that parents typically would handle. They can do this without first obtaining parental consent. Children seeking emancipation must show the court they can live independently and support themselves. FindLaw's emancipation section has details on emancipation laws and how a minor may become emancipated.

This section provides information on the emancipation process, from the basics of emancipation law and age restrictions to the rights and responsibilities that come with it. Some states have unique emancipation of minors laws listed in this section. There are also resources for parents of children seeking emancipation.

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