Emancipation occurs by age when a minor reaches the age of majority, which in Indiana is 18.
Indiana has no emancipation statute, but it may nonetheless be possible to convince a juvenile court to grant emancipation where the court finds:
1. The petitioning minor wishes to be free from parental control and protection and no longer requires control and protection;Few states permit emancipation before age 16 and, generally speaking, few petitions for emancipation are granted.
2. The petitioning minor understands the consequences of being free from parental control and protection
3. The petitioning minor has sufficient money for the child's own support; and
4. The petitioning minor has an acceptable plan for independent living.
If the girl is being physically abused, she may be able to get help from protective services.