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The term "emancipation" refers generally to the legal process by which a minor child is released from some or all of the legal disabilities of childhood, and receives the rights and duties of adulthood before the age of 18.

Either the parent or the child can begin the process by filing certain papers in court. The statute governing emancipation in Alaska is AS 9.55.590, which has five requirements:

This is a very serious step for both parent and child. It should not be undertaken without consulting with a counselor and/or a lawyer. The Alaska Youth Advocates has developed a number of resources to help children or parents who might be considering this decision. Contact them for more information:

Mailing Address:
Alaska Youth Advocates
P.O. Box 232053
Anchorage, AK 99523-2053

Physical Address:
Alaska Youth Advocates
700 W. 6th Ave, Suite 206
Transit Center (Corner of 6th and H)

Phone Numbers:
Administrative Offices - (907) 929-2633; (907) 279-2633 fax
P.O.W.E.R. (Peer Outreach Workers Education and Referral) - (907) 563-8336

For youth in crisis, Covenant House Alaska may also be a helpful resource:

Covenant House Alaska
609 F Street
Anchorage, AK
Local Anchorage number (907) 272-1255
Toll-Free Nineline (1-800-999-9999)

Rev. 6 May 2014
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