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Emancipation Laws

State statutes governing the release of minors from the legal guardianship of their parents are called “emancipation laws.” Emancipation may be granted to minors who are, for example, able to prove their ability to support themselves; have made arrangements for housing; are able to make important decisions for themselves; or show sufficient maturity. This sub-section includes a concise overview of emancipation laws and the minor emancipation process; an explanation of how certain events may trigger the automatic emancipation of a minor; summaries of some of the more significant state emancipation requirements; a primer on the legal rights of children; and related information.
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