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Criteria for Emancipation

Criteria for determining whether a decree declaring emancipation is in the minor’s best interest vary among the states. However, certain criteria can commonly be found:

  • The minors’ ability to support themselves financially, either currently or in the future
  • The minors are currently living apart from their parents or have made adequate arrangements for future housing
  • The minors can adequately make decisions for themselves
  • The minors are attending school or have already received a diploma
  • The minors exhibit sufficient maturity to function as adults

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