Do you need emancipation as a minor?

By |2022-04-04T18:55:07+00:0013 Dec 2017|Categories: Family Law|


While many parents and children choose to remain in their traditional roles until the child leaves the home, this is not always the case. In some instances, a legal minor may wish to emancipate him or herself from parents, either for professional or personal reasons. This is not terribly common in all areas of the country, it is still a regular part of family law.

Emancipation allows a legal minor to operate as a legal adult in a variety of ways. In some cases, a legal minor may seek out emancipation because of an unstable home environment. In other instances, it is to take advantage of some particular opportunity and protect their rights in the future.

Once legal minors gain emancipation from their parents, they may do a number of things typically inaccessible to minors. These include

  • Entering into contracts
  • Receiving money as a gift or as payment
  • Getting married
  • Suing another party
  • Purchasing real estate
  • Living away from home
  • Enrolling in and attending school
  • Controlling medical decisions

In some instances, a legal minor may obtain partial emancipation, allowing him or her some but not all of these privileges. This might prove useful to a young person who wishes to pursue ambitions as an entertainer while still living at home, for instance.

An attorney can help if you believe that you might benefit from full or partial emancipation. Before beginning the emancipation process, an experienced attorney can help you understand exactly how you might benefit from emancipation, as well as advise you on how to keep your rights secure and avoid potential conflicts along the way.

Source: Findlaw, “Rights, Privileges, and Duties of Emancipation,” accessed Dec. 12, 2017

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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