Sound Legal Guidance from a Jersey City Emancipation Lawyer
Helping Clients Gain Independence Through Emancipation
Emancipation is defined as a child being released from the control and support of the parents. This may happen before a child turns 18 or after, as many kids still require support when they reach this age. At Lori Cieckiewicz, ESQ, we assist clients in the emancipation process.
How Emancipation in New Jersey Works
Once a child is emancipated, the parents no longer have control over decision making for the child and the child no longer has financial support from the parents.
New Jersey's new emancipation statute took effect on February 1st, 2017. This law establishes 19 as the age of emancipation.
A child over the age of 19 may not be emancipated if:
- The child is still in high school or a secondary program
- The child is enrolled in college
- The child has a physical or mental disability
Frequently, this issue is raised by a payor who wishes to stop paying support. When the parents do not agree, a judge may be asked to emancipate the child and release the parent from the obligation to provide child support. If this is your situation, please keep in mind that you should not stop making payments for court ordered child support without first consulting with an attorney.