Emancipated minor

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  • Definition: legal mechanism by which a minor is freed from control by his/her parents or guardians (parents/guardians are also freed from any and all responsibility toward the child)
  • Conditions granting emancipated status:
    • Marriage
    • Member of the military
    • Pregnant
    • Is the parent to or more children
  • Treated as temporarily emancipated when regarding:


  • Age of Consent
    • Age at which a person is considered to be legally competent to consent to sexual acts
    • Not the same of medical consent
  • Special situations
    • Mentally disabled children may never attain emancipation, even after age of majority (typically 18)

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