The minimum age of a person who can petition for emancipation varies from state to state. For up-to-date information, visit the Masterson Law website to learn more.
An emancipated child can also take legal action against their parents or guardians and legally sue them for any wrongful act or infringement of a legal right. The parents aren’t responsible for the financial well-being of an emancipated minor. Additionally, parents of an emancipated minor who were responsible for paying child support may not be obligated to make these payments anymore.
Limitations of Emancipation in Missouri
Emancipation has limitations. Getting emancipated does not mean teens will get all the rights and privileges of adults. Emancipated Missouri minors:
- Can only vote when they turn 18
- Need parental permission to marry unless they are 18 years old
- Cannot buy cigarettes or tobacco products until they turn 18
- Cannot buy alcohol until the age of 21
- Cannot buy a gun until they turn 18
- Must continue their schooling until the age of 17 or have successfully completed 16 credits toward graduation
A critical evaluation of Missouri’s emancipation laws is critical to ensure that you are fully aware of what emancipation involves. Contact a lawyer with extensive experience handling family law matters today for a consultation.