To become emancipated means for a minor (a child under the age of 18) to become an adult under the eyes of the law. As an adult, the minor will no longer be under the control of his/her parents but the minor won’t be financially supported by them either. Emancipation is forever unless it is discovered that the minor acquired the title by falsifying information or lying to the court, or if the minor is unable to support themselves any longer.

Even if a child becomes emancipated, they must still attend school, get permission from their parents or the court to get married or enter a domestic partnership, and they must still go to juvenile court if he/she breaks the law.

Once a child is emancipated, a minor can:

-Live where they like,
-Get medical care,
-Get work permits,
-Apply for school.

There are currently three ways to get emancipated:

-By joining the armed forces,
-By getting married, or
-By getting a declaration of emancipation from a judge.


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