emancipated minor(redirected from Emancipation of minors)
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(1) A child who is under the age of majority—18 or 21, depending on the jurisdiction—but who has taken advantage of state laws and obtained a court order to remove the disabilities of nonage and be declared a legal adult.As a result,such a child may enter into enforceable contracts and may,if not disallowed in the emancipation order,be allowed to sell real property. There is a difference of opinion among states about whether an emancipation order in one state will be given effect in another state.In other words,a child who has been emancipated in New York may or may not be allowed to enter into contracts or sell real property in another state.(2) A minor child may become emancipated from his or her parents when the child marries or enters the military service.The parents no longer have any rights or responsibilities concerning the child,but the child still may not enter enforceable contracts or sell real property until he or she has reached the legal age of majority or has obtained a court order removing the disabilities of nonage,as described earlier.