What are the requirements for getting emancipated?

In order for a judge to consider your application for emancipation, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a Texas resident
  • Be 17 years old OR be 16 years old and living separately from your parents or guardians
  • Be financially self-supporting and managing your own money (this means paying for your own rent, clothes, phone, school books, etc. Living somewhere else for free does not count as being financially self-supporting)
  • Be able to convince a judge that it is in your best interest to sever all legal ties with your parents, including their responsibility to support you
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