Emancipation enables a child to live and function as an adult. It allows them to enter in contracts and agreements. If you are arrested or cited while emancipated, your case will still be treated as if you were a juvenile. Emancipation is for those children who act responsibly and can function as a responsible adult. It is not for those who no longer wish to be treated as a child or those who don’t want to obey their parents. Maturity and responsibility are key to being emancipated. It rarely happens.