How to File for Emancipation in Indiana

By Kimberly Turtenwald

In most states, including Indiana, a minor is legally emancipated from his parents when he reaches the age of 18. Until he reaches that age, his parents are financially and legally responsible for him. However, in some cases, a minor may wish to leave the home before he reaches the age of automatic emancipation. If this is the case, he must file for emancipation through the Indiana court system and request emancipation from the judge. It is then up to the judge to decide whether or not to emancipate the minor.

Obtain a copy of emancipation forms from your local Indiana courthouse. The forms are only available from the court; they are not available online.

Fill out the form completely and honestly. Include the reasons why you are requesting emancipation from your parents. The court will not grant the emancipation of a minor if she does not have adequate reason for her request.

File the forms with an Indiana courthouse. At this time, you will be given a court hearing. If you can afford to, hire an attorney to help you with the emancipation process.

Gather documentation to show that you are eligible for emancipation. You need to show the court that you can financially support yourself, have a place to live and do not need the assistance of your parents or the government to survive.

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