Question by  Jmow (44)

What are the emancipation laws in Missouri?

I am 16 and want to be emancipated right now, is it legal?


Answer by  Cali2307 (1337)

When you are at least 16 you can petition the court, there are conditions. You must live without your parents and have control over your financial affairs. You must undergo counseling regarding emancipation, what it means and it's consequences. Further, you must demonstrate understanding of the repurcussions. Finally, a judge must believe that emancipation is in your best interest.


Answer by  shanb (49)

When a person turns eighteen years old in Missouri, he or she is considered emancipated. He or she may also get married. At seventeen, a person may leave his/her parents' home; however, the parents are still responsible for the seventeen-year-old's actions.


Answer by  withluck (1745)

At 16 years of age, you can request a court hearing to decide if you may be emancipated. You will need to show how it is in your best interest.


Answer by  nuttree (1596)

Emancipation of a minor in Missouri requires a judge's ruling, which can be granted when the parents relinquish parental rights or no longer exercise them (e.g., if the minor supports himself and lives on his own), or the minor has changed legal status, e.g. by marrying or joining the military.


Answer by  patti (29325)

There is no emancipation statute in Missouri. It not possible to be independent at age 16. You can't sign a lease, own a vehicle, get insurance, etc.


Answer by  patti (29325)

You cannot be emancipated. There are no statutory provisions for emancipation in Missouri. At 16 you are not capable of self-support, employment and entering into contracts (a lease, e.g.).


Answer by  Liz59 (10966)

Yes, actually it is legal. But I believe they could have changed the law to 19 years of age as of now. So therefore, you might want to check it out.


Answer by  TheAnswerFairy (2345)

You can only become emancipated if there is a very compelling reason for it, like if you are a famous actor and your parents are stealing the money you make.


Answer by  Huntress (1935)

You need to prove to the judge that you are able to provide for yourself, handle your own money and have a legal way to make money.

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