Minor Emancipation

Under Missouri law, a non-custodial parent's child support obligation ends when his or her child reaches 18 — unless the child decides to go to college full time. In that case, child support is extended until the child reaches 21.

Missouri emancipation laws are important to many parents — especially those who may have a continuing child support obligation after their children reach the age of majority. These include parents of college-bound children as well as the parents of children with serious disabilities that may extend the child support duty beyond the child's majority.

At Stange Law Firm, PC, we can answer your questions about your child support obligations to college-age children. We can also represent clients in emancipation proceedings, helping them protect their interests in Missouri courts. These include both parents and children.

There are several different situations where a child can become emancipated:

  • Reaching the age of majority
  • Entering into military service
  • Getting married
  • Becoming voluntarily no longer in the care, custody or control of either parent

In Illinois, emancipation occurs when a child graduates from high school or graduates, whichever occurs first. In Kansas, emancipation takes place at18, or until high school graduation if the child turns 18 while still in school. In Oklahoma, emancipation takes place at 18, or until high school graduation if the child turns 20 while still in school.

Confidential Consultations With a Lawyer in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma

At Stange Law Firm, PC, we offer prospective clients a confidential half-hour consultation about minor emancipation. In this consultation, you will get a chance to talk with an attorney about your situation. We will ask you questions about your goals and help you understand what you can expect when you retain us as your law firm.

If you retain us, we will begin working on your case immediately. This quick action is one of the most effective ways to achieve the best possible results.

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