Children are minors and under the control of their parents or legal guardians until they become adults (in most states – at age 18). In some special circumstances, minors can be freed from control of their parent or guardian before turning 18.
The laws and protocols for emancipation vary from state to state. Minors will have to state reasons for the requested emancipation and show that they are financially able to care for themselves. Some legal aid through children’s legal centers is available and children may be able to stay with a guardian when necessary.
The emancipation is not always easily granted and the “best interest” of the child is taken into consideration. Children that are abused may be removed and placed in foster care. If the emancipation is granted, the child is then freed from control by his or her parents and the parent is freed from any responsibility toward that child.
In most countries, emancipation is achieved through other methods such as marriage, receiving a diploma, military service or financial self-sufficiency.
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