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Emancipation Procedure

Any minor who wants to be emancipated from his or her parents must file a petition with the proper state court and then meet the criteria set forth by the court, which typically corresponds with the minor's best interests. For example, the minor must be able to support him- or herself financially in order to be considered for emancipation. The Emancipation Procedure sub-section of FindLaw's Family Law Center includes an overview of the minor emancipation procedure; the legal effects of emancipation; an explanation of the so-called “automatic emancipation,” a state-by-state directory of minor emancipation forms available for purchase; and more.
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