2010 Georgia Code
TITLE 15 - COURTS
CHAPTER 11 - JUVENILE PROCEEDINGS
ARTICLE 6 - EMANCIPATION OF MINORS
§ 15-11-207 - Rights and responsibilities of an emancipated minor; exceptions; no debt liability for parents or guardians
. Rights and responsibilities of an emancipated minor; exceptions; no debt liability for parents or guardians
(a) A minor emancipated by operation of law or by court order shall be considered to have the rights and responsibilities of an adult, except for those specific constitutional and statutory age requirements regarding voting, use of alcoholic beverages, and other health and safety regulations relevant to the minor because of his or her age. The rights of a minor to receive any transfer of property or money pursuant to "The Georgia Transfers to Minors Act" under Article 5 of Chapter 5 of Title 44; under the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act, the Uniform Gift to Minors Act, or other substantially similar act of another state; or pursuant to a trust agreement shall not be affected by a declaration of an emancipation under this article.
(b) A minor shall be considered emancipated for the purposes of, but not limited to:
(1) The right to enter into enforceable contracts, including apartment leases;
(2) The right to sue or be sued in his or her own name;
(3) The right to retain his or her own earnings;
(4) The right to establish a separate domicile;
(5) The right to act autonomously, and with the rights and responsibilities of an adult, in all business relationships, including, but not limited to, property transactions and obtaining accounts for utilities, except for those estate or property matters that the court determines may require a conservator or guardian ad litem;
(6) The right to earn a living, subject only to the health and safety regulations designed to protect those under the age of 18 regardless of their legal status;
(7) The right to authorize his or her own preventive health care, medical care, dental care, and mental health care, without parental knowledge or liability;
(8) The right to apply for a driver's license or other state licenses for which he or she might be eligible;
(9) The right to register for school;
(10) The right to apply for medical assistance programs and for other welfare assistance, if needed;
(11) The right, if a parent, to make decisions and give authority in caring for his or her own minor child; and
(12) The right to make a will.
(c) The parents or guardian of a minor emancipated by court order are not liable for any debts incurred by the minor during the period of emancipation.
Graham Syfert - Jacksonville Lawyer