What are the steps for emancipation of juveniles?
- The youth must be at least 16 years old and their parents or guardians must reside in this county.
- The youth must complete an application for emancipation that must be notarized and submit to the juvenile department.
- The youth must submit the filing fee to the court accounting department any time after 24 hours of filing the application, but prior to the preliminary court hearing.
- The clerk will set a date for a preliminary court hearing, usually within 10 days. A notice will be sent to the youth and parents.
- At the preliminary hearing, a Judge will explain emancipation, answer questions, and set a final hearing.
- At the final hearing, a Judge will expect the youth to provide a written budget, give testimony concerning the application, provide the parents an opportunity to testify, and make a final decision.
- If the Court grants the emancipation, a driver’s identification card must be received within 48 hours.