What is an Emancipation Petition?
An emancipation petition is a request to the court to have the child treated as an adult. This relieves the parents of supporting the minor and being liable for the actions of the minor. Additionally, the minor may do certain things normally reserved for adults. If needed, we will represent parents in these proceedings.
Who may file an Emancipation Petition?
Any youth, at least 16 years of age but not yet 18 years of age, or the parents of the youth, may file an Emancipation Petition.
Is DCF involved in an Emancipation?
Not in the filing of an Emancipation Petition. However, the court may ask DCF to review the matter and present its findings to the Judge.
When will the Court grant the Emancipation?
The Court will usually grant emancipation if it is satisfied that: the minor is willingly living apart from the parents or guardians, is capable of managing his or her own affairs, and is in fact managing those affairs satisfactorily.
What rights does an emancipated minor have?