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I want to get emancipated

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How can I get myself emancipated? I want to leave but I don’t know what I’ll do after this.


Hello, welcome to Ask Alex,

It takes a lot of courage to consider emancipation at such a young age, and your bravery in seeking information is commendable. Emancipation is a legal process that allows minors to gain independence from their parents or guardians. In Ireland, it’s essential to understand that the legal age of emancipation is 18.

Before considering emancipation, it’s crucial to talk to a trusted adult, such as a teacher, counsellor, or relative, about your situation. They can help you explore your options and connect you with the appropriate resources. Leaving home at a young age can be very challenging, and it’s essential to have a support network in place to ensure your safety and well-being. However, there are support services available to help you through difficult situations.

Túsla, the child and family agency in Ireland, are responsible for making sure every young person in Ireland has a safe place to live. You can find out more about what they can do for you here And here is anther organisation which can provide you with free legal advice

Remember, you don’t have to face this difficult decision alone. Childline is here for you. We will support you through this challenging time. We are always here for you, ready to listen and offer assistance whenever you need it. Our 24 hour support line is 1800 66 66 66 or if you prefer, our Live Chat is available at We would love to chat to you soon, 

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