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A Closer Look at the Emancipation of Minors

Child emancipation is the legal act of a minor seeking to be released from the control and car of their parents, and to assume the responsibilities of an adult on themselves. A parent's responsibility is to raise the children until they reach adulthood (the age of 18) by providing them with food, shelter, and clothing and when a child decides they want to be emancipated, this means that they no longer want their parent holding this authority over them.

Essentially, this means that a minor will have the ability to choose where they go to school, where they live, what type of medical care or treatments they will receive, etc. Here they are also given the freedom to keep their own wages, without having to fear that their parents will take them.

While emancipated minor acts in most ways like an adult in our society, there are a few restrictions that are still in place to protect the minor. Depending on the state, most emancipated minors are able to enter a legally binding contract (an apartment or a loan, etc.), they are able to choose their schooling, make healthcare decisions, and sue or be sued in the court of law. They can't; however, quit school, get married without parental consent, consume alcoholic beverages, or other actions before the normal legal age (such as driving or voting).

In most cases, a minor must be at least 16 years of age to be emancipated; though there are exceptions. In the event that you are a minor considering emancipation, or you are a parent who is concerned with the legal process, contact a Long Island family attorney at the Meyers Law Group today to learn more about the process here in the state of New York.