Steps to Emancipation or Removal of Minority Disability
Chapter 31, Subtitle A of the Texas Family Code goes in depth on the Limitations of Minority.
How can a minor remove his or her disabilities as a minor?
Disabilities in this chapter is not referring to handicap. It is the inability or limited ability to make certain decisions, including education and medical.
A minor can become independent by following these steps:
- Petitioning the court for removal of disabilities of minority
- Marriage (with court order).
- Joining the U.S. Army, Navy Officers, etc.
- Simply waiting until the age of emancipation (18 years old).
There are several reasons why a minor may want his or her disability remove. His status as a ‘minor’ in Texas law is considered a disability. Why?
Because it limits what the minor is able to do, such as:
- Signing a contract,
- Giving his or her consent to medical treatment, or
- Making decisions about education.
So, what are the requirement to the removal of disabilities of minority?
You can file a petition to have it removed for limited or general purposes.
To file a petition asking for emancipation, you must be:
- A Texas resident;
- 17 years old;
- if 16 years old, the minor must be living separate and part from his or her parents or legal guardians, AND
- be self-supporting and managing his or her own financial affairs.
How to Ask for your independence.
File a petition with the court where the minor resides.
Next, section 31.002 of the Texas Family Code shows what needs to be in the petition.
- Minor’s name, age, and place of residence;
- The name and place of residence of each living parent or legal guardian;
- The reasons why removal is in the best interest of the minor; and
- The purposes for which removal is requested.
Lastly, the part most minors do not like to read is this:
The minor’s parent must sign and verify the petition; otherwise, the minor’s legal guardian or conservator must verify the petition .
After a hearing, the court may issue an Order to remove the disabilities of minority of a minor. It will state that the removal is in the best interest of the minor.
Also, it will state whether it is limited or general purposes.
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