Emancipation Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Emancipation, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Emancipation?

n. freeing a minor child from the control of parents and allowing the minor to live on his/her own or under the control of others. It usually applies to adolescents who leave the parents’ household by agreement or demand. Emancipation may also end the responsibility of a parent for the acts of a child, including debts, negligence or criminal acts. Sometimes it is one of the events which cuts off the obligation of a divorced parent to pay child support.