At what age can a child be emancipated? 1 Answers as of April 03, 2012

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Emancipation can result from any of a number of events, including: 1) the child is fully self-supporting and economically independent from the parents 2) the child's enlistment into military service or 3) the child's marriage, provided that the child was of the legal age of consent, and provided further that the child is not a beneficiary of public assistance. The self-emancipation rule has been limited almost exclusively to cases where the child has attained the legal majority age of eighteen. Children over the age of 18, may self-emancipate, but their parents cannot emancipate them by self-pronouncement.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 4/3/2012
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