Juvenile Department - Emancipation
This section covers emancipation laws as they apply to Benton County residents.
The Benton County Juvenile Department will assist you in this process. Contact a Juvenile Court Counselor at 4185 SW Research Way Suite 100, Corvallis, OR, 541-757-6810 to discuss your particular situation.
- Under certain circumstances the Juvenile Court may grant emancipation status to a child. Although each case is evaluated individually, there are several basic requirements.
- You must be age 16 or older
- The legal residence of your custodial parent must be in Benton County
- If you are under the jurisdiction of a Juvenile Court, your legal residence is considered to be in that county
- You must pay the filing fee set by the Court
- You will be recognized as an adult for purposes of contracting and conveying, establishing a residence, suing and being sued
- If you violate the law, you will be treated as an adult
- Your parents will no longer be responsible for you
- Emancipation does not affect any age qualification for purchasing or possessing tobacco or alcoholic liquor, the age requirement for obtaining a marriage license, or your status as a minor under ORS 109.510
In determining eligibility for emancipation, the Court considers:
- Whether your parent(s) consent to the emancipation
- Whether you have been living away from home, are able to maintain and support yourself without parental guidance and supervision
- Whether you are sufficiently mature and knowledgeable to manage your affairs without parental assistance