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Emancipation

Although parents have an obligation to provide for their children, they are not expected to provide for their children forever. Contrary to popular believe, there 18 is not the automatic age of emancipation in New Jersey. Therefore, a parent must move to emancipate a dependent child. Once a child is emancipated, any financial obligations for that child cease. Typically, a child is emancipated once they move "beyond the sphere of influence" of their parents. Examples of emancipating events include:

  • Marriage
  • Full-time Employment
  • Enlisting in the Armed Services

To avoid costs associated with going to court, parents in agreement about the emancipation can enter into an Agreement for the court to emancipate a child. For assistance on emancipation, please contact Donahue, Hagan, Klein & Weisberg.