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Questions about the Legal Emancipation Process

What is emancipation?

Emancipation is the act or process of setting somebody – usually a minor – free and relinquishing somebody from restrictions. Emancipation is a term used to describe various efforts to obtain political rights or equality, often for a specifically disenfranchised group, or more generally in discussion of such matters. Laws related to the emancipation process often lead to questions like those answered JustAnswer below.

What can happen if a pregnant 16 year old moves out?

Normally, a child must be 18 years old to legally move out of the parents’ home, unless she gets emancipated by the court. If the child goes before the judge to be emancipated then the court could grant legal emancipation if the child is still in school, has a job, a place of that she can afford independently. However, due to the pregnancy, the judge may rule in the minor's favor and grant medical emancipation even if the rest of the usual criteria are not met. If the child is not emancipated and still moves out then the parent continues to be legally responsible for the child till she reaches the age of 18 years.

If a child has filed for emancipation is the parent still responsible until the emancipation is granted?

Normally, the parent of a child that is waiting to be emancipated is still held legally and medically responsible for anything that the child does.

In the United Kingdom what are the laws of emancipation?

Legally for a minor to become emancipated the age requirement is usually 18 years of age in the UK.

Once a child turns 18 do they have the right to decide on the visitations between two parents?

When children turn 18, they are legally considered adults and can normally make the decisions for themselves. The court will no longer be involved in the decisions between the parent’s visitations rights once a child turns 18, unless it is established that, for medical or other reasons, the child is incapable of taking independent decisions. Medical emancipation, legal emancipation and the emancipation process can often trigger legal questions that need expert insights and clarifications. If you are unclear about your rights and responsibilities during an emancipation process, it is best to get Expert legal insights and opinion.
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Recent Emancipation Questions

  • I received an email from my ex wife that I had 15 days within

    I received an email from my ex wife that I had 15 days within which to pay her full child support for 2 children and that her attorney stated that if I did not do this I would be held in "Default" on my child support and then be forced to pay her Attorney fees as well.
    My Attorney had a death in the family and may not be able to represent me although he is very familiar with my case.
    The definition of Emancipation in my Divorce Agreement in the Opt Out section which merges with the actual Divorce Agreement states that ,"An Emancipation shall occur or be deemed to have occurred on the earliest happening of any of the following: Reaching the age of twenty one years or the completion of four academic years of college education within a total of 5 years after graduation from high school which ever occurs last occurs."
    My daughter, Melissa has completed four academic years of college since she graduated high school in June of 2010. My daughter Melissa, although she had completed four academic years of college has not graduated from college, though. The reason she has not graduated is because she still needs to take credits in order to graduate in Math, she was a double major, and she also (claims) not all her credits transferred from the original college she started at to the college she transferred to and plans to graduate from . Therefore, it is possible she may need to go and extra semester or two to graduate from college.
    My ex wife claims that the "language" that defines "Emancipation" which I quoted above, implies or suggests that I am responsible for paying child support until she "graduates" from college. Another words, she interprets "completed four academic years of college" to mean "graduation".
    Further complicating this is that in the Divorce Agreement itself there is "Wording" that says, "In consideration of the other terms and provisions of this Agreement, specifically including the Husband's agreement to continue to pay child support to the Wife for each child until the child completes her four year undergraduate degree even though that will require child support payments beyond each child reaching the age of twenty one years, the parties have agreed to calculate the Husband's contribution to the Wife for support of the children based upon a gross income for the Husband of $96,000.
    So what do I do now? Do you feel my daughter is Emancipated under this Divorce Agreement, or her Attorney would successfully argue that I am in "Default".
    Further complicating this is that my Attorney had a "Death" in the family and has not returned any of my call for over a week. Do I need to quickly seek out another Attorney?
    I am asking for a 2nd opinion, on this, just to be as safe and informed as I can.
    Thank You,
    Sincerely,
    Mark Oberferst DDS
  • Hello I have an adopted son who is 1 month from turning 18.

    Hello I have an adopted son who is 1 month from turning 18. The state of Florida will pay for him to go to community college (because he was a ward of the state) but community colleges do not have dorms. My questions how to I get him legally emancipated. It is my understanding that he can take out more loans if he is legally emancipated. My wife and I make just over $120,000 per year. While we are not rich by a long shot he would not qualify for much financial aid because of our incomes. We will not be contributing to his education and without the full amount of loans he won’t be able to pay for college. So my question is what forms do I fill out our what actions do I take to have him emancipated? In most circumstances 18 is the legal age for emancipation any way but the government feels that an 18 year old will still get help from his parents. However this student will not receive any help. Also how do get a note for FMLA to take care of my mom? Would the note come from my doctor or her doctor?
  • If custodial parent never followed court order to have my

    If custodial parent never followed court order to have my daughtes last name changed to mine she is refusing my rights as a father to her. But she can enforce her tights upon me for continued back support (overcharged at 12% on arrears so huge arrears debt Nd daughter is 22 pregnant and lives with fiancé ) can get refusing my rights offset the other? Can she be held in contempt and face what penalties? And is it true In texas they cannot arrest me since it's 2 years after emancipation? What can they still enforce legally on me. Fighting overages as you described previuossly too
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