People under age 18 are called minors. The law says that a minor’s parents or guardians have authority to make decisions for the minor until the minor turns 18. Parents and guardians also have a duty to provide care and financial support to the minor until age 18.
Emancipation is a court process that gives a minor, who is between 16 and 18 years old, legal independence from the minor’s parents or guardians. If an emancipation is granted, the parents or guardians no longer have authority to make decisions for the minor. It also means the parents or guardians no longer have to provide the minor with care or financial support. Generally, a minor who is emancipated is considered an adult and will be responsible for making decisions that parents or guardians typically make.