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How do you become Emancipated in Arizona?


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Answered 2006-07-27 22:21:28

What is emancipation? "Emancipation" is a legal process that gives a teenager who is 16 or older legal independence from his or her parents or guardians. Emancipation can be an important legal tool for certain teenagers, but you should give it careful thought before moving ahead. Who can be emancipated? To be emancipated by the court under Connecticut law, you must be at least 16 years old. You must also meet one of the following conditions: * You must be married, or * You must be in the U.S. armed forces, or * You must be living apart from your parents or guardian and be managing your own money, or * The court must decide that an emancipation is in the best interests of you, or your parents, or your minor child (if you have one). How do you become emancipated? Either you or your parents can start the emancipation process. The person who starts the process files, or has a lawyer file, an "emancipation petition" with the court. If you need a lawyer to start this process or to defend yourself and you cannot afford one, the juvenile court may appoint one for you at no charge. There will be a meeting (or hearing) in front of a judge to talk about the emancipation petition. Only the judge can order the emancipation. What rights does an emancipated teenager have? When you become emancipated, you have legal rights that other teenagers do not have. You also have new responsibilities that most teenagers do not have to worry about. You should weigh these rights and responsibilities carefully as you think about emancipation. If you are emancipated: * You may get your own place to live -- but you will be responsible for paying the rent and any other costs. * You may get medical care without your parents' permission -- but you will have to pay the bills or arrange for financial help in paying them. * You can sign contracts in your own name and are responsible for living up to the contract. * You can sue other people, and you can also be sued by others. * You are no longer under the control of your parents -- but they will also have no obligation to support you financially, or give you any food, clothing, or shelter. The State of Connecticut Department of Children and Families will no longer be responsible for helping you if you are abused or neglected. You are, however, entitled to the same protection by the police as any other person, including the right to be protected from violence by a family or household member. * You may buy and sell property. * You may get a driver's license or marriage license or join the armed services without your parents' permission. * You may enroll in a school or college of your choice without asking your parents. How can you decide? Here are some things you might want to think about in deciding whether you really need to be emancipated. Emancipation is a major decision that can help a mature teenager who is getting little help from his or her parents to live a more independent life. But emancipation can also cause hard feelings within a family. It is sometimes possible for a teenager to get the relief and help that he or she needs without taking this step. For example: * If you need some relief from family problems, you might be able to stay with a friend or in a youth shelter for awhile. Most youth shelters will need your parent's permission to let you stay overnight. Or, you may want to talk to a trusted counselor or teacher. * If your parents made you leave home or they will not let you return, or if it would be dangerous for you to return, you may be eligible for financial help even if you are not emancipated. What you apply for depends on your situation: 1. If you are pregnant or have your child living with you and you live with an appropriate relative, apply for Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) from the Department of Social Services (DSS). Your relative must receive the check for you. Also, you will be sent to the DSS social worker for further help. The Department of Children and Families may be asked to help as well. 2. If you are pregnant or have your child living with you and you live with an adult who is not a relative, you will qualify for TFA assistance only if that adult is your legal guardian or applying for legal guardianship. You may also be eligible if you live in a supervised living arrangement, such as a group home. Only in very rare cases can a pregnant or parenting teen live on her own and get a TFA check herself. 3. If you are not pregnant and do not have a child living with you, and you are living with a relative, you may also be eligible for TFA. Again, your relative must receive the check for you. Unemancipated minors who do not live with relatives and who do not live with other adults who are either their legal guardians, or trying to be legal guardians, are probably not eligible for any cash assistance. In short, if you are staying with your friend

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