Emancipation is when a minor has achieved independence from his or her parents, such as by getting married before reaching age 18 or by becoming fully self-supporting. It may be possible for a child to petition a court for emancipation to free the minor child from the control of parents and allow the minor to live on his/her own or under the control of others. It usually applies to adolescents who leave the parents' household by agreement or demand. Emancipation may cease to make a parent liable for the acts of a child, including debts, negligence or criminal acts. Sometimes the emancipation of a child ends the obligation of a divorced parent to pay child support.