emancipated minor


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emancipated minor

[iman′sipā′tid]
Etymology: L, emancipare, to set free
a person who is not legally an adult but who, because he or she is married, in the military, or otherwise no longer dependent on the parents, may not require parental permission for medical or surgical care. State and national laws vary in specific interpretations of the rule.
A person under the age of majority—adulthood—who is regarded in the eyes of the law as being old enough—usually by virtue of marriage or financial independence—to make adult decisions and exercise general control over his or her own life

e·man·ci·pa·ted mi·nor

(ē-man'si-pā-tĕd mī'nŏr)
A young person who is legally entitled to be treated as an adult through a court order, marriage, military service, or being a parent.

emancipated minor

A person not of legal age who is in the armed services, married, the mother of a child whether married or not, or has left home and is self-sufficient. Some state legislatures do not require such a person to have parental consent to receive medical or surgical care, or advice on contraception or abortion.
See also: minor
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It is important to note that in French law, although the emancipated minor is fully capable, similarly to a major, in case of marriage and adoption the same rules are applicable as to the non-emancipated minor, under article 413-6 of the French Civil Code.
The parent, child, emancipated minor, or mature minor has the right to revoke permission/consent/assent at any time during the study.
The third approach is a refinement of the emancipated minor test, and is called the mature minor rule.
Twenty-six subjects were subsequently excluded from data analysis for one or more of the following reasons: The subject was an emancipated minor (she had one or more children); she was a resident of a state other than Minnesota; or her data set was incomplete.
The problem of teen homelessness was close to his heart: He left home when he was only 14 to escape an "intolerable" situation, and he became a legally emancipated minor at 16.
2 Lux, who lives in Portland, Oregon, decides to become an emancipated minor on her 16th birthday so that she can take charge of her life, but to do so she must have the signatures of her biological parents.
At age 16, Janiva became an emancipated minor with chemical dependencies, and then a teenage mom with a baby up for adoption.
Many states accept treatment decisions from an emancipated minor, and some also recognize the mature minor--a child under eighteen who demonstrates adult decision-making capabilities.