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Emancipation

Parents have an equal obligation to provide financial support to their child. N.J.S.A. §.2A:34-23 ; N.J.S.A. §. 9:2-4. The aforesaid duty continues until the child becomes emancipated. Ibid. According to N.J.S.A. § 9:17B-3, “Every person 18 or more years of age shall in all other matters and for all other purposes be deemed to be an adult.”   Ibid.N.J.S.A. 9:17B-3 establishes a presumption that emancipation will occur when a child reaches majority at the age of eighteen.” Id. (citing Weitzman v. Weitzman, 228 N.J. Super. 346, 356 (App. Div. 1988), certif. denied, 114 N.J. 505 (1989)); see also Bishop v. Bishop, 287 N.J. Super. 593, 597, 671 A.2d 644, 646 (Ch. Div. 1995). Emancipation of a child occurs “when the fundamental dependant relationship between parent and child is terminated.” Moreover, “When a child moves beyond the sphere of influence and responsibility exercised by a parent and obtains an independent status on his or her own, generally he or she will be deemed emancipated.” Ibid. “New Jersey law does not fix an age at which emancipation occurs.” Youssefi v. Youssefi, 328 N.J. Super. 12, 22 (App.Div.2000); Wanner v. Litvak, 179 N.J. Super. 607, 612 (App. Div. 1981). When emancipation occurs, a parent is relieved of the duty to support the child. Newburgh v. Arrigo, 88 N.J. 529, 543 (1982).   Ibid.