Cleveland, OH asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio

Q: Can you be emancipated at 16 with parental consent in ohio?

Hello, I was wondering if I could be emancipated with parental consent in ohio if I am completely self supporting (this will include finding a independent place) and can prove myself competent enough to make "adult" decisions. My parent and me argue a lot and we would like to stop it and we have tried over and over again to get counseling and we have tried multiple different things and none of it is working so me and my parent were wondering if this was an option also if not why and if not what is a way I could get emancipated? I also am in school and I have decent job and do not plan on dropping out of school! Also my parent has given me permission to live on my own!

Thanks for the help!

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1 Lawyer Answer
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: No, you cannot be emancipated in Ohio. You are a minor and are your parents' responsibility until you are 18. Until you are 18, contracts cannot be legally enforced against you. It is normal for teens to have friction with parents. As you mature, you will learn to better deal with adults, whether parents, bosses, or others. See this link:

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