EMANCIPATION OF A CHILD
South Jersey Emancipation Attorney: (856) 751-5505
Emancipation of a minor child occurs when the child is no longer under the care and dependence of a parent. This means that the child is not eligible for any financial support, including child support from a parent. Only a court can officially declare a child emancipated, and all circumstances of the family and the child’s best interests will be considered when making this decision.
If you need help with an emancipation case, discuss the matter with our South Jersey emancipation lawyers at Burnham Law Group, LLC. We guide you through the entire process and review your available options.
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How Is Emancipation Determined by a Court?
In New Jersey, there is no specific age at which a minor child is declared emancipated. A child turning 18 years old does not automatically activate emancipation. A court must make this decision by looking at proof that the child is truly independent and that the emancipation order is sound.
When determining emancipation, courts will look at:
- If the child is financially self-supportive
- If the child is living independently
- If the child demonstrates maturity as an adult
- The child’s needs and interests
If a child has petitioned to be emancipated, parents are able to contest the petition if they believe it is not in the child’s best interests. Once a child is emancipated, child support obligations are no longer in effect, unless there is an existing child support debt, which must be paid off.
Discuss Your Concerns at No Cost With an Experienced South Jersey Emancipation Lawyer at Burnham Law Group, LLC
At Burnham Law Group, LLC, we understand how delicate emancipation cases are for your family. We want to help you make decisions that are right for you, your child, and his or her future. Our team of South Jersey family law attorneys can guide you through the process, step-by-step and provide you with trusted legal support along the way.
Contact us online or call us today at (856) 751-5505.