Not every state within the United States has developed emancipation laws regarding child emancipation. Once a child is emancipated, emancipation laws grant that minor the right to take part in a legally binding contract, purchase real estate, get married, and enlist in the armed forces without parental consent.
Emancipation laws do not allow an emancipated child to take part in activities that require an age of license that is older than they are. For example, a child who has obtained a court-ordered emancipation will not be able to buy or consume alcohol until they reach the age of 21. It also does not entitle the minor to any benefits from a welfare program.
Once a child is emancipated they are no longer able to be the subject of a petition as a dependent, abused or neglected child. Emancipation law relinquishes the parent’s of the child from any obligation of support, as well as the responsibility of ensuring that the minor continue to attend school.
The parents of an emancipated child are no longer considered that child’s guardian. Therefore, a minor who receives a court-issued emancipation will gain a great deal of independence, but also a great deal of responsibility.