How to File for Emancipation in Indiana

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In most states, including Indiana, a minor is legally emancipated from parental control when they reach the age of 18. Until a minor reaches that age, parents are financially and legally responsible for them. However, in some cases, a minor may wish to leave the home before attaining the age of automatic emancipation. If this is the case, they 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 there are not adequate reasons for the 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.


  • Becoming emancipated allows minors to join the military, marry and enter into a contract without parental consent; however, you are still obligated to go to school until you are 18.


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