So You Want to Become Emancipated?

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Emancipation is a way you legally separate from your parents or guardian, before you turn 18 years old. Some people call this a "divorce" between you and your parents or guardian, and like a divorce, emancipation may improve or strain the personal relationship you have with your parents, guardian or other family.

Once you become emancipated, you free yourself from the custody and control of your parents or guardian. You also give up the right to have your parents or your guardian support you financially. At the same time, you gain the right to control most BUT NOT ALL aspects of your life.