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Emancipation for a 16-Year-OldSome states do have an emancipation process for minors who are at least sixteen years old. You can contact the clerk of the family or domestic issues court in the county in which you live to obtain information concerning the matter. Please be advised, states that allow the emancipation procedure have specific requirements that must me met by the minor before emancipation is granted. A few of which will be documented proof the person is able to support themselves, meaning EARN enough income for shelter, food, clothing, medical care and so forth. The court will not accept living with friends or being financially supported by relatives/family, as sufficient proof of the minor's ability to live independently.

The laws vary by state, and not all states have emancipation laws. In the states without emancipation laws, the only way to become emancipated is by (1) turning 18 (2) getting (legally) married (3) joining the military (which minors have to have parental consent to do). In the states that do have emancipation laws: generally, you petition the court for a declaration of emancipation. You have to prove that you are capable of supporting yourself (and that means of support can not be public assistance). You also have to prove that it's in your best interest to be emancipated. That's not always an easy thing to do. The courts generally don't like to override the authority of parents, so you would have really prove your case. The courts then decide rather to grant or deny your petition. It is not a quick and easy process.

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  • In most states, yes. It is a legal process, so an attorney should be contacted, unless you already working with a social worker because of abuse issues. It is generally much easier to get emancipated with parental consent.
  • It depends upon the laws of the state in which the minor lives. Not all states have grounds and procedures for the emancipation of underaged persons. The basics are, the minor filing a petition in the proper state court of venue with the required supporting documentation such as proof of income, residence, educational status, etc. The person filing is required to pay all filing fees and any contributing court costs. The average cost of the self- filing in the states that allow the action is $200, although a few states will require the minor to have legal representation, and/or parental consent.
  • Yes you can, in Illinois it coast about $70. and its pretty hard you have to have a good reason, a job, and like 3 months of paycheck stubs to prove you can pay your bills and take care of yourself and you have to have character witnesses. Or you can have parental permission. Or you could get married but if your not 18 you have to have parental permission.
  • Be aware that not every state has emancipation laws. I think it's only about 50% that do. If you live a state that doesn't have emancipation laws, then naturally you can't petition the court for an order of emancipation.
  • There are a few states who have enacted laws pertaining to the emancipation of a minor, the minimum age in those states is sixteen. In the majority of states a emancipation petition can be filed with the court, and cases are adjudicated based on their individual merits. Contact the clerk of the court in the county where you reside for more specific information.
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