The Emancipation Process

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The emancipation of a minor occurs when a child, usually under the age of 18, files a petition with a court to live as adult. The individual filing for emancipation must state that they want to be free of parental control and custody, and must prove that they have been living independently and aren't relying on their parents for support. They must explain the reasons for seeking emancipation, and prove the ability to survive with the social and economic responsibilities of an adult. If a court grants emancipation, the individual then is responsible to support themselves financially, and be in control of their own life. Each state has its own laws and procedures regarding this process. The individual filing for emancipation in most cases retains or is assigned a legal advisor.

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