There are many situations in which the emancipation of minors ensues. Usually, if a minor of the age of seventeen wishes to enlist in the military and receives parental consent to do so, the child will be considered emancipated.
The emancipation of minors also takes place when two individuals that are younger than the age of majority are married. If a minor wishes to be married and receives consent from their parents, then emancipation law will usually recognize them as emancipated.
The motives that a minor may have for seeking a legal emancipation from their parents may vary a great deal, from financial reasons to health and safety reasons.
Child laws grant parents access to their child's financial funds until they reach the age of majority. On some occasions, a parent or guardian will take advantage of this power and steal money from the minor.
If this occurs, a child may choose to become emancipated. Emancipation law does not allow parents of a minor to have access to their monetary funds if the minor has been emancipated.
A minor may be very unhappy with their family situation. In most cases, family counseling is a better solution than emancipation. However, if a child is being physically or emotionally abused, emancipation may be the best option. Therefore, if a minor has the ability to support themselves and pay for housing, then the child may decide to emancipate.
The emancipation of minors may occur if parents are providing little or no support for the minor and the minor is supporting themselves. If a minor wants to move away from home they may petition for emancipation.
Some teenagers will try to file for an emancipation simply because they have different views or opinions from their parents, or if the are angry that their parents will not let them partake in particular activities. These are generally not seen as legitimate reasons to emancipate.