The emancipation of a minor refers to a court order that permits a minor (child under the age of 18 years) to act independently. Generally, emancipation allows a minor to enter into contracts such as lease agreements or deeds without parental consent. Minors may seek emancipation if they are likely to engage in transactions reserved for adults. For example, if a minor has a baby and needs to live independent of her parents, she and her parents may apply for emancipation. In Tennessee, the application can be brought by the parents, guardians or by the minor herself.
Write an application to the court for emancipation. The application must state the name of the minor applying for emancipation, the names and addresses of the minor's parents, guardians or closest relatives, and the reason for seeking emancipation. You may also--at your discretion--have the parents, guardians or closest relatives sign the application.
Deliver the application for emancipation and required fee to the Chancery or Circuit Court Clerk in the county in Tennessee where the minor lives. Check with the applicable court clerk for the fee.
Await a court date. If you did not have the parents, guardians or closest relatives sign the application for emancipation, the court will send a copy of the application to them for signature. Parents, guardians or close relatives will be required to appear in court.
Appear before the judge on the court date. You must appear in court to explain your reasons for requesting emancipation. The judge will also listen to other parties, including the parents, guardians or relatives before making a decision.
Wait for the decision from the court. The judge will notify all parties of the decision. Only after a court ruling in your favor will you have the ability to act as an adult in legal matters.