You must follow certain steps and you must be at least 14 years old to be emancipated.
You start the process, you must fill out court forms, including
- a petition,
- an income declaration,
- a hearing notice, and
- a Declaration of Emancipation.
You can find these forms at your local courthouse, or online at www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp.htm.
Some counties may also ask you to pay a filing fee. Some do not. Most filing fees are between $300 and $350.
If your county charges a fee and you cannot afford to pay, you can ask the court for permission not to pay. (This is called a Fee Waiver.)