Definition - What does Emancipation mean?

Emancipation is the liberation or freeing of people from some sort of authority.

Historically, emancipation referred to the freeing of the slaves in America through the Emancipation Proclamation. However, now it commonly refers to a child legally being liberated from the control, custody or authority of his or her parents.

Justipedia explains Emancipation

A minor may seek emancipation if he or she no longer wishes to live under his or her parents' authority. This could happen if the minor wants to go live on his or her own, or wants to live under the custody of another. If the emancipation is approved by the courts, then it removes the parents from their legal obligations for the child. These can include certain liabilities, and often obligations such as the payment of child support if the parents are divorced.

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