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How can teenagers become emancipated from their parents?

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For a teenager to become emancipated from his parents, either the minor or the parents must file a Petition for Emancipation form with the court, according to CTLawHelp. The presiding judge has full authority to order the emancipation. Connecticut law allows the emancipation of a minor age 16 or older.

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State laws differ, but in order to be emancipated in Connecticut, the child must either be married, be in the U.S. Armed Forces, living apart from the parents or guardian, or be managing his own money, states CtLawHelp. Otherwise, the court can decide that emancipation is in the best interests of the minor or the parents, or of the teenager's own minor child, if applicable.

An emancipated teenager has a lot of rights and freedoms that most other teenagers do not, explains CtLawHelp. However, he also has a lot of new responsibilities that most other teenagers do not have. If emancipated, the teenager may acquire his own living abode, but must be responsible for rent and any other costs. He may get medical care without parental permission, but is responsible for all costs, or must arrange financial help. The emancipated minor can sign contracts in his own name and is completely responsible for living up to the contract.

The emancipated minor can sue others, but can also be sued by others, notes CtLawHelp. All control by the parents is wiped away. In other words, they have no obligation to help the minor or support him in any manner. He may buy or sell property, get a driver's or marriage license, or join the armed services without the parents' permission. He may also enroll in a school or college without permission from a parent or guardian. In most cases, the emancipation cannot be reversed.

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