It’s important to think about these things if you want to get emancipated:

  • Once you are a legal adult, Child Protective Services (CPS) may be less willing to step in if you are being abused.
  • Supporting yourself may be harder than you think, and your parents no longer have to help you.
  • The law will treat you like an adult. This includes making you responsible for your rent payments, bills, car accidents, and all other parts of your life.
  • If you make mistakes, you must fix them. If you do not pay money you owe, you can be taken to court and your credit rating will go down. If that happens, it will be very hard for you to rent another apartment or buy things on credit.

Make sure that emancipation will solve the problem you have. Many teens find it harder than they expected.


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