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If you have been looking for the specifics of emancipation of minors in
New Jersey, you might have had problems, because there doesn't appear to
be any specifics.
If you look at this Legal Information Institute (LII) table on the "Laws
of the Fifty States, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico Governing the
Emancipation of Minors," you will see no entries under "Emancipation" or
"Age of Majority" for the New Jersey permanent statutes.
This is supported by this New Jersey Judiciary web page, which goes on
to give some general guideleines used to determine emancipation.
1. WHO DECIDES WHEN THE CHILD IS EMANCIPATED?
You need to read your Judgement of Divorce or court order carefully to
ascertain if there is an explicit age, or circumstance that determines
the emancipation of the child(ren). If not, please note that there is
no automatic age of emancipation as per New Jersey State Law, however,
we use the following guidelines to assess if both parties agree to a
voluntary termination of support and enforcement by Probation.
- The stipulated child has reached the age of 18 and is not attending
- The stipulated child enters into marriage;
- The stipulated child has moved away (note: attending boarding school,
camp or college shall not be deemed residence away from home and are
not emancipatable unless stipulated in the Judgement of Divorce or
- The stipulated child enters into the armed forces;
- The stipulated child has obtained full time employment after 18 years
of age (not part time or full time during summer vacation and/or school
The existence of one or more of the above does not stop the enforcement
of the order until a modified order is entered."
Now, I note you do not mention divorce, etc. as being the condition for
the second part of your question, so if that is the situation, I could
not find any specific laws that address a scenario, such as "can one
stop paying for the expenses of a 'stay at home' 'child" once they turn
(for instance) 18?"
If divorce is the reason that prompts the second part of your question,
then it depends on several conditions, some of which are flexible. You
should read this DivorceNet web page in detail for more information.
"A child support order will terminate once the child becomes emancipated.
Emancipation basically means that the child can take care of themselves.
Because self-reliance can occur at any age and under any given set of facts,
there is no set age when a child will be determined to be emancipated. Many
people erroneously believe that once the child turns 18 then their child
support ends. This is not the case in New Jersey. The State of New Jersey
has some of the strictest child support laws in the United States."
If you need any clarification, please feel free to ask.
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