What standards will the court require for emancipation?
Home: the minor must be living apart from parents or legal guardian. Parents or guardian should agree to the minor living away from home.
Work: the minor must show that he/she has a job that pays enough to live by showing payroll receipts, or other proof of employment. It helps if the minor has had a job for at least 60-90 days. The court may permit a responsible adult over the age of 18, such as a brother, sister, aunt or uncle to prove they are assisting the minor by contributing to his/her support. The court may also consider other sources of income such as Social Security Child's benefits, insurance proceeds or an inheritance.
Income: the minor must show the court that he/she can live, get around, eat and clothe him/herself. Some examples are having a checking or saving account, paying rent and utilities, having a credit card and making payments on time.