What does a minor gain from emancipation?

By |2022-04-04T18:43:22+00:0020 Feb 2018|Categories: Family Law|


For many young people, it is simply not practical or safe to remain in their parents’ custody. This may be the case for a number of reasons, from financial and educational reasons to matters of individual autonomy. Minors who pursue emancipation enjoy many privileges of adulthood, but may also face more responsibilities and legal consequences than other minors.

Upon emancipation, minors may

  • Get married to a partner
  • Dictate medical care for themselves
  • Live apart from their parents
  • Earn and manage their own income
  • Receive or purchase real estate and other property
  • Enroll in schools or training programs
  • Enter into legally binding contracts
  • Sue another party or defend themselves in a lawsuit

It is also important to remember that emancipated minors may not supersede existing age restriction laws. For instance, an emancipated minor may choose to work in a place that serves alcohol, but may not legally drink alcohol until he or she reaches the legal age to do so.

Emancipated minors are also solely responsible for their actions, and cannot depend on their parents to bear any responsibility for damages or other legal consequences they incur. If an emancipated minor receives criminal charges, it is important to build a strong legal defense as soon as possible, to protect his or her future rights and opportunities.

If you or someone you love faces a decision about pursuing emancipation, it is important to understand the issues at stake and the tools you have to protect your rights. As an emancipated minor, you may have many more complications than you anticipate, and it is always useful to have a legal professional in your corner, to advise you of your rights and help you navigate the many complexities of modern living.

Source: FindLaw, “Rights, Privileges, and Duties of Emancipation,” accessed Feb. 20, 2018

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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