Emancipation is the act by which a minor, who had limited legal rights and additional legal privileges, gains all the rights and responsibilities of an adult. An emancipated minor has the legal capacity to act as an adult. This means the minor is no longer treated differently under the law and is free of the legal control and custody of his or her parents. However, an emancipated minor is no longer entitled to the benefits of being a minor. His or her parents no longer have a legal responsibility to support him or her and the Department of Children and Families will not intervene to protect his or her welfare as they would that of an un-emancipated minor. Emancipation does not change the effect of laws which restrict behavior by a minimum age. For example, an emancipated minor cannot drink until he or she is 21 years old or vote until he or she is 18 years old. For more information, refer to Chapter 743, Fla. Stat.