Emancipation is an important tool for teenagers who would be better off not being connected to their parents in any way. If the court should decide that you are better off being emancipated from your parents because your parents are harmful to your physical, emotional, or financial well-being, then there are certain rights that you are able to obtain.
1. Freedom to Live Independently
Teenagers who are over the age of sixteen and are able to financially support themselves have the freedom to live independently from their parents. They do not have to remain under their parents' roofs, inform their parents where they live, or any other factors that would jeopardize their independence. This is helpful for teens who are trying to avoid their parents in order to protect themselves. The caveat is that any teen who has been emancipated does not get to demand anything from his or her parents, including rent money or money for utilities.
2. Freedom to Buy and Sell Property
When you are a teenager who has been emancipated, you have many of the same rights as any other adult, including the ability to buy and sell property. This is helpful for teens who may have been left a large inheritance that is critical to their survival or to their ability to pay for college. Teens in this situation can now sell the property and do with the money what they see best.
3. Freedom to Make Life Decisions
When you are not emancipated, you cannot marry anyone without your parents' permission until you are eighteen. You also are unable to get a driver's license without your parents' permission, or even join the military. Teens who are emancipated are able to do all of these things without having to consult their parents.This is important for teens who need to make decisions that reinforce a life worth living and are having a hard time doing so due to obstacles that their parents present.
4. Freedom to Sue or Be Sued
When you are emancipated, you can sue other parties or be sued by other parties. Emancipated teens need to use this power carefully.
5. Freedom to Go to Any School of Choice
Finally, you are able to go to any school that you choose without having to consult your parents or get your parents' permission.
For more information about the emancipation process or for help or advice, contact a family lawyer today or read more about it online.
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