An emancipated minor is someone who is not of the legal age of 18 who has been granted permission by the courts to take care of their self as if they were an adult. The court basically grants them adult status before they become legal age.
An example of where emancipation is granted is when minors are married. The reason for this is because once a minor is married the parent or legal guardian then has no obligation to support the child any longer.
Another case where a minor can be emancipated is if they become active in the military. Also, minors who have a substantial income like those with sports contracts or teen singers can be emancipated because they are financially able to care for their self.
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