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Emancipation of Children in New Jersey

(272 Ratings)

Produced on: February 23, 2014

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 66 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Your client is divorced with children and pays child support. The child is approaching the age of eighteen and your client wants to terminate his support obligation. Can he? Under current New Jersey law, a child is presumed emancipated at 18, but the emancipation is not automatic. There are many factors and circumstances that would lead the child to remain unemancipated, and your client’s child support obligation to continue, possibly for many years beyond 18. In this course, seasoned matrimonial attorney Laura Mann will discuss the definition of emancipation under current NJ law, when and how a child is emancipated and recent trends in this area.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the emancipation of a child in New Jersey
  2. Define “Presumption of Emancipation”
  3. Overcome the Presumption
  4. Recognize exceptions to the Presumption of Emancipation
  5. Explain the significant cases
  6. Find resources, guides, links and other information

This course originally appeared as a part of our February 2014 Bridge the Gap Event.


Laura Mann

Law Offices of Laura S. Mann, LLC

Ms. Mann received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 1993 and her Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law in 1996.

While at Hofstra, Ms. Mann received numerous awards for her dedication to public service and the various leadership roles she assumed. Those experiences were a prelude to a decade of dedication to seeking justice on behalf of her clients and her communities both in Ohio and New Jersey.

Ms. Mann's many years of experience in and out of the courtroom representing clients have helped her hone her skills in all aspects of litigation - - proficiency she now applies to her private practice representing individuals, small business owners, nonprofit corporations and assisting litigants with protecting their interests utilizing her finely-tuned advocacy skills and, when appropriate, creative and peaceful resolutions of those legal disputes through mediation. Ms. Mann’s innate compassion and understanding, combined with her experience, skills and training as a litigator and mediator, enable her to adjust her approach to the matter at hand to seek the best outcome for her clients.

Ms. Mann founded her law firm in 2007 to she could continue her efforts assisting those in need of high-quality legal representation in and around West Milford, New Jersey and northern New Jersey. She represents litigation clients in Passaic County, Bergen County, Sussex County and Morris County courts and state-wide for transactional matters that do not require court appearances. She currently focuses her practice in the areas of Small Business, Nonprofit Corporations, Special Education, Wills, Matrimonial and other Family Law, residential real estate transactions, civil and family mediation and general litigation.

Ms. Mann is licensed to practice law in New Jersey, New York and Ohio, and has been admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the District of New Jersey, the Southern District of Ohio and the United States Tax Court. Ms. Mann also has been specially trained in civil mediation and is included on the statewide roster of court-appointed mediators as a R. 1:40 qualified mediator.

Ms. Mann is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators, the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners, the West Milford Chamber of Commerce and the West Milford Newcomers Club.


  • Hofstra University School of Law
  • J.D., 1996
  • Richard J. Stockton College of New Jersey
  • B.A., 1993
  • Bar Admissions:  
  • New Jersey, 1996
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey, 1996
  • New York, Third Judicial District, 1998
  • Ohio, 1998
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1999
  • United States Tax Court, 2003
  • Enrolled to practice before the Internal Revenue Service, 2003
  • Memberships:
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
  • New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators
  • New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners
  • West Milford Chamber of Commerce
  • West Milford Newcomers’ Club


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Good Info.

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Good Presentation

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great job

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Brian H.

Informative and to the point.

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