How can a minor become emancipated?
There are several ways for a child to become emancipated. Marriage provides one avenue, but the minor child needs permission from his or her parents in addition to the court’s. Joining the armed forces is another way, but still, the minor child needs permission from his or her parents and the armed forces must accept the minor child. Obtaining a declaration of emancipation from a judge is another way.
Becoming emancipated is difficult and the criteria for determining whether emancipation is in the best interest of the child varies from state to state. Emancipation is often only granted to children in their late teens, although 14 years old is the minimum age to declare. The child must be able to convince a court that being independent of a parent or guardian is the best option. The child must prove that he or she can care for herself, financially and emotionally. That includes showing that the child can provide for all housing, living expenses, and can meet educational and miscellaneous responsibilities.