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Understanding Child Emancipation

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Understanding Child Emancipation

January 22, 2024

By Johnson/Turner Legal

Understanding Child Emancipation

January 22, 2024

By Johnson/Turner Legal

Understanding Child Emancipation: Navigating Independence in Family Law

The Changing Dynamics of Parent-Child Relationships

As children grow and become more independent, the dynamics within a family can shift significantly. These changes are often a natural part of growing up, but in some cases, they can lead to irreconcilable differences between parents and children. When these situations arise, the concept of emancipation might come into play and it is important to understand child emancipation.

Emancipation: What Age and What It Means

Typically, a child becomes “emancipated” at 18, meaning they are legally considered an adult capable of making their own decisions. However, in situations where a parent and child relationship becomes untenable before this age, emancipation might be considered earlier. Emancipation legally declares a minor as an adult, granting them the ability to enter contracts, manage their financial affairs, and live independently, free from parental authority.

Pathways to Emancipation in Minnesota

While Minnesota doesn’t have specific statutes for a child-initiated emancipation process, there are still ways for minors to become emancipated. One method is through parental permission. This can be informally established if parents allow their child to live independently and manage their own affairs, essentially functioning as an adult. Emancipation can also be indicated by parents’ statements or written agreements.

Another avenue is through divorce proceedings. During a divorce, parents might request the court to declare their minor child emancipated. This decision impacts both the child and the parents, potentially eliminating the need for a visitation schedule and child support.

Seeking Legal Guidance on Emancipation

Emancipation involves complex legal considerations, especially in the context of child custody. Our experienced lawyers are well-versed in these intricacies and can provide the guidance you need. If you’re considering emancipation or have questions about how it might affect your family, contact us at (651) 661-2626 for a consultation to explore your options.


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