Bill Amending Emancipation Of Minors Act Sent To Governor

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Upon turning 18, a child in Illinois reaches the age of majority and is emancipated or released from the custody and control of his or her parents or guardian. Under current Illinois law, a special emancipation of a minor child between the age of 16-18 may be entered if neither the “mature” minor nor the minor’s parents object, and the minor proves the ability to manage his/her affairs and has lived completely or partially independently from his/her parents.

House Bill 2256, which was sent to the Governor for signature on July 14, 2019, amends the Act by providing that parent or guardian objection is no longer a complete bar to a minor child’s request to become emancipated. Rather, a special emancipation order may be entered over a parent’s or guardian’s objection but only after a hearing and finding that emancipation would be in the minor child’s best interests.

If you have questions about emancipation or another family law matter please contact Arlington Heights divorce attorney David Saxe of SAXE LAW LLC at 224.800.1351 or to schedule a consultation.