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Response to riderinthestorm (Reply #236)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 06:22 PM

237. Look at Section 2, the last sentence of the second paragraph, it reads as follows:

 

This Act does not limit or exclude any other means either in statute or case law by which a minor may become emancipated.


The term "Case law" means the Common Law, judge made law over the last 1000 years. Thus the COMMON LAW RULE AS TO EMANCIPATION IS STILL THE LAW IN ILLINOIS. A minor MAY use that statute, but the law is clear, the Minor does NOT have to. A minor can use the Common Law Rule instead.

Furthermore I never said a Child can declare themselves emancipated, it require some act of the Child's parents that they are NOT doing any "Care, Control or Supervision" over the minor. Notice a court is NOT needed, all that is needed is the act of the parents.

Furthermore the term "Act" is broader then the term "permission", an act can be a negative act, i.e. not tracking down a run away. Not looking for a run a way. On the other hand a child running away does NOT make themselves emancipated, unless the parents do nothing about it.

Now, reading the Illinois Statute, the langauge implies a minor CAN declare themselves emancipated if the Minor complies with the Statute. This is different from the Common Law Rules, which restricted Emancipation to some act of the Parents, but the Illinois Statute gives that right to a minor, if the Minor complies with the terms of the Act.



Section 1 and 2 of your citation:

FAMILIES
(750 IL CS 30/) Emancipation of Minors Act.
(750 IL CS 30/1) (from Ch. 40, par. 2201)
Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Emancipation of Minors Act.
(Source: P.A. 93-105, WFF. 7-8-03.)

(750 IL CS 30/2) (from Ch. 40, par. 2202)
Sec. 2. Purpose and policy. The purpose of this Act is to provide a means by which a mature minor who has demonstrated the ability and capacity to manage his own affairs and to live wholly or partially independent of his parents or guardian, may obtain the legal status of an emancipated person with power to enter into valid legal contracts. This Act is also intended (i) to provide a means by which a homeless minor who is seeking assistance may have the authority to consent, independent of his or her parents or guardian, to receive shelter, housing, and services provided by a licensed agency that has the ability and willingness to serve the homeless minor and (ii) to do so without requiring the delay or difficulty of first holding a hearing.

This Act is not intended to interfere with the integrity of the family or the rights of parents and their children. No order of complete or partial emancipation may be entered under this Act if there is any objection by the minor, his parents or guardian. No petition may be filed for the partial emancipation of a homeless minor unless appropriate attempts have been made to reunify the homeless minor with his or her family through the services of a Comprehensive Community Based Youth Services Agency. This Act does not limit or exclude any other means either in statute or case law by which a minor may become emancipated.
(Source: P.A. 93-105, WFF. 7-8-03.)


As to Texas, their statute clearly uses the word "MAY" which in legal terms means "MAY" i.e. a minor MAY use the Statute and MAY NOT use the Statute and instead rely on the Common Law Rule. The Texas Statute does NOT repeal the Common Law Rule thus it is still enforced in Texas and "MAY" be used instead of the Statute.

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