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Juvenile  Court  -  Civil  Programs

 

Emancipation of Minors

 

  Emancipation of Minors:

Any minor who is sixteen years of age or older and who is a resident of this state may petition in the Superior Court for a Declaration of Emancipation.  Petitioners residing in Thurston County will be subject to the following statutory (RCW 13.64) requirements and Juvenile Court Policy:

A petition for emancipation shall be signed and verified by the petitioner.  It must contain the following:

  1. The full name of the petitioner, the petitioner's birth date, and the state and county of birth.

  2. A certified copy of the petitioner's birth certificate.

  3. The name and last known address of the petitioner's parent or parents, guardian, or custodian.

  4. The petitioner's present address and length of residence at that address.

  5. A declaration by the petitioner indicating that he or she has the ability to manage his or her financial affairs, including any supporting information.

  6. A declaration by the petitioner indicating that he or she has the ability to manage his or her personal, social, educational, and non-financial affairs, including any supporting information.

Information to support the petitioner's ability to manage his or her financial affairs may include occupational status and income verification along with budgetary information, including expenses, such as housing, food, clothing, transportation, utilities, child care, and educational costs.

Information to support the petitioner's ability to manage his or her personal, social, educational, and non-financial affairs may include written documentation from the petitioner's school indicating educational level and/or GED participation or completion.  Further support may be demonstrated by proof of family planning counseling through the Thurston County Health Department and three letters of support for emancipation.  These letters may be from school counselors, adult family friends, community professionals, clergy, etc.

The petitioner shall serve a copy of the filed petition and notice of hearing on the petitioner's parent or parents, guardian, or custodian at least 15 days before the emancipation hearing.

  Petitioner: 

  1. After completing the petition with the required documentation (1 through 6 above), the petitioner may make an appointment with an intake officer.  An appointment may be made by calling (360) 709-3131, or TDD (360) 754-2933.

  2. The petitioner will bring the completed petition, all documentation, and the filing fee of fifty dollars ($50) in the form of cash, cashier's check, or money order, to the intake officer at the appointed time.

  3. After reviewing the petition for necessary documentation, the intake officer will obtain a hearing date from the court clerk administering the court calendar. 

The petitioner will be given the date and time of the hearing.

  1. The petitioner shall serve a copy of the filed petition and notice of hearing on the petitioner's parent or parents, guardian, or custodian at least fifteen days before the emancipation hearing.

  2. The petitioner shall notify the Juvenile Department as to the date and time of service of the petition and notice of hearing on the petitioner's parent or parent, guardian, or custodian.  This information must be received by the department no later than seven (7) days prior to the hearing.

  3. If the judge appoints a guardian ad litem, the court clerk will set a new hearing date and the petitioner will be given a notice and summons for service on parent or parents, guardian or custodian, at least two weeks prior to the hearing.

  4. Upon entry of a decree of emancipation by the court, the petitioner shall be given two certified copies of the decree.  One certified copy is to be used to obtain a Washington driver's license, or a Washington identification card with a notation of the emancipated status as directed on the decree.  The other certified copy is for petitioner's records.

For further information, Call Thurston County Juvenile Court at (360) 709-3131, TDD (360) 754-2933.
 

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Page Revised on March 15, 2006 Thurston County