In the United States, legal emancipation is a process by which children are relieved of any control by their parents, and parents are relieved of their obligation to support their children. In the state of New York, the ordinary age of legal majority is 21. However, there are reasons why one would want to become emancipated. For example, if a child needs to enter into contracts or manage finances and their parents cannot be trusted. An emancipated individual is entitled to keep his or her wages. If a child has been in the foster care system, but is now capable of living on their own, and prefers to do so. Finally, the child may need to be legally emancipated in order to receive some types of state financial assistance.
Get married. Both partners of a marriage are considered emancipated adults, regardless of age. A child may be married in New York state as young as 14 with parental consent, or any time over age 18 without.
Join the military. Members of the military are automatically considered emancipated. The minimum age to join the military is 17 with parental consent or 18 without.
Meet the following requirements:
Live away from your parents or foster care.
Be over age 16.
Show the ability to support yourself. This generally includes holding down a job or living on social security, child support or other benefits to which you are entitled.
File an affidavit with whatever organization needs to know you are emancipated. For example, if an emancipated minor wants to attend school in the district where they live -- they need to file an affidavit attesting that one or more of the above conditions have been met -- and therefore they are emancipated.