Emancipation

​Minnesota Statutes define who is a minor and who is an adult at MN Statutes § 645.451.  Generally, being "emancipated" means that a minor has the same legal responsibilities as an adult. Minnesota Statutes do not specifically define a process by which a minor can become emancipated.

Courts will review "Petitions for Emancipation" and decide on a case-by-case basis if there is sufficient evidence to find that a minor may live "independently" of his/her parents or guardian. However, the courts do not publish forms or instructions to petition for "emancipation." The Legal Fact Sheet on Emancipation published by Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid explains the basics on this area of law. To get legal advice on your situation, you should talk with a lawyer.