Emancipation is the act by which a minor (under the age of 18), gains all the rights and responsibilities of an adult. An emancipated minor has the legal capacity to act as an adult. An emancipated minor is no longer entitled to the benefits of being a minor. The minor’s parents no longer have a legal responsibility to support the minor. The Department of Children and Families will not intervene to protect the minor’s welfare as DCF would for 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 age 21 or vote until age 18.[1]

[1] For more information on emancipated minors, refer to Chapter 743, Fla. Stat.