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Emancipation is when a minor child has his/her minority status removed so he/she may be allowed to act as an adult. In NJ, the child must be at least 16 to seek emancipation from a court.
Emancipation is a fact sensitive determination by the court. The standard the court applies is "[w]hen a child moves beyond the sphere of influence and responsibility exercised by a parent and obtains an independent status on his or her own, generally he or she will be deemed emancipated." Bishop v. Bishop, 287 N.J. Super. 593, 598 (Ch. Div. 1995).