Emancipation is when a minor (someone under the age of 18) wishes to gain independence from his or her parents, either by fully supporting themselves or by getting married. Florida Statute 743 states the requirements that a minor must meet to file a petition for emancipation. According to Florida Law, a minor must be at least 16 years old to be emancipated. There are criteria that a minor must meet in order to be emancipated. First a minor must submit an explanation, detailing why they are petitioning to be emancipated. Some of the other requirements are; the ability to support themselves financially, the ability to live separately from their parents, minors must be able to make adequate decisions for themselves, they must have a high school diploma or currently regularly attending school and they must be able to efficiently function as a mature adult. Minors also must show that they are able to provide all common necessities for themselves outside of parental help. In common cases parental consent is necessary for a minor to be emancipated except for in cases of parental neglect.