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Child Emancipation Basics

The reasoning's behind a child desiring to emancipate themselves from their parents vary from family to family, though in the state of North Carolina, a child has the right to legally part ways after the age of 16. Naturally, parents have the rights to care and provide for their children until they reach the age in which they can provide for themselves or are considered to be mature enough to do so—usually the age of 18. However, there are certain children who do not wish to wait until that time they are legally considered to be adults to leave the home and support themselves.

A minor reserves the right to apply for emancipation from their parents through the court in order to obtain their freedom for a self-sustaining life. This process, if approved, means that the child will then be required to contribute to their personal welfare, essentially becoming a legal adult in the eyes of the law. It is common for child actors, for example, who feel that their parents are seeking to claim their personal fortune, or keep them from accepting jobs, etc. to want to apply for emancipation. Because once the court deems a minor as emancipated then the parents will no longer have any claim to what they earn.

While there are a number of freedoms that emancipated minors do have, there are still limitations because of their age. for example, until the legal age limit they are not allowed to marry, vote or consume alcohol. These laws remain set in stone, whether or not a child is under the care of their parents.

If you are a child considering emancipation from your parents, or you are a parent who is concerned with their children, contact a trusted Raleigh divorce lawyer you want fighting on your side for the rights of you and your family. Call us at the Hopper, Hopper & Mulligan, PLLC today!

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