You can browse the internet or eavesdrop on a group of teens talking and you very likely you might hear emancipation being discussed. Where the intent in this writing is not to give legal advice it is to help any teen or parent with this frequent issue.
What is Teen emancipation?
In the legal world it’s a court order giving a teen the same rights as an adult even though the teen has not yet reached age of majority. It does not give a teen the right to vote, drink, smoke etc. In basically allows teens the legal right to engage in contracts and the like which are necessary for living on your own. It is a legal process that takes some time if a teen meets its state criteria. However not all states have statutes for teen emancipation and not all state’s criteria is the same. Teen emancipation is short gives a teen the rights he/she requires for independent living.
What is the criteria for a successful Teen emancipation?
Good question! Since these laws vary by state (in states that have such laws) the answer will vary. You need to look up your states laws on teen emancipation. To sum it up quickly is requires you show the court you are and will be “self” supporting! Keyword is self! This means no help from outside sources including family, friends, state or federal aid etc. You need a job! Not just any job but a job that will pay enough for self support. You will also need to have had this job for sometime as well. Tell the Judge “I will get a job” will not suffice. You will need a plan for independent living as well as a plan for your continued education. You will need to show the court you can pay all your bills. These include rent, groceries, utilities, phone, internet, cable, health care, transportation, to name a few. Even then the court could turn you down. My research shows that less than 1% of all teens seeking emancipation are successful.
What if my life is awful at home will that work?
No it wont. Teen emancipation is for those who need it not want it. By need I mean teens who are forced into a situation of independent living. Not getting along with your parents will not do. If your having issues with your parents then seek counseling or a trusted adult. You can even seek help from Children’s services.
This is the short version of what Teen emancipation is and what is criteria for a successful teen emancipation. If you have more questions or concerns you can visit our forum to seek answers http://www.parentnook.com/forum/