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Court Emancipates Adult Child Over Parental Objection - Ort v. Ort

Per The New Jersey Law Journal:

"An 18-year-old who wants to put herself through college is entitled to court-ordered emancipation over a parent's objections, an Ocean County judge has ruled.

"Superior Court Judge Lawrence Jones rejected her noncustodial father's resistance, which the judge summed up as 'an implicit suggestion' that she 'is simply too young at eighteen for entrustment with governing her own life.'"

From Ort v. Ort (approved for publication):

"Once a child of divorced parents turns eighteen years old, it is very common for the non-custodial parent to immediately attempt to emancipate the child and terminate child support. This case, however, presents a completely opposite issue: What happens when a child who turns eighteen seeks her own emancipation over parental objection, i.e., when a parent asserts that emancipation is premature or otherwise inappropriate because the child is allegedly still within the sphere of parental influence?"

More after the jump...