Colorado Emancipation of Minor Law


Minors – Emancipation of Minor – Colorado

Civil damages for loss caused by theft.

(1) As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires:

(a) “Emancipated minor” means an individual under the age of eighteen years whose parents or guardian have surrendered parental responsibilities or custody, the right to the care, and earnings of such individual and are no longer under a duty to support or maintain such individual.
(b) “Mercantile establishment” means any place where merchandise is displayed, held, or offered for sale either at retail or at wholesale.
(c) “Merchandise” means all things movable and capable of manual delivery and offered for sale either at retail or wholesale.

(2) An adult or an emancipated minor who takes possession of any merchandise from any mercantile establishment without the consent of the owner, without paying the purchase price, and with the intention of converting such merchandise to his own use or who alters the price indicia of any merchandise shall be civilly liable to the owner for actual damages plus a penalty payable to the owner of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than two hundred fifty dollars.

(3) The parents or guardian having custody of or parental responsibilities with respect to an unemancipated minor who takes possession of any merchandise from any mercantile establishment without the consent of the owner, without paying the purchase price, and with the intention of converting such merchandise to his own use or who alters the price indicia of any merchandise shall be civilly liable to the owner for actual damages plus a penalty payable to the owner of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than two hundred fifty dollars.

(4) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (2) and (3) of this section, any person who, without the consent of the owner, takes possession of a shopping cart from any mercantile establishment with the intent to convert such shopping cart to his own use or the use of another shall be civilly liable to the owner for actual damages plus a penalty payable to the owner of one hundred dollars.

(5) A conviction for theft pursuant to part 4 of article 4 of title 18, C.R.S., shall not be a condition precedent to maintaining a civil action pursuant to the provisions of this section.

(6) Civil liability pursuant to the provisions of this section shall not be subject to the limitations on liability in section 13-21-107 or any other law that limits the liability of parents of an unemancipated minor for damages caused by such unemancipated minor.

13-21-107.5.

(a)For child support orders entered prior to July 1, 1997, unless a court finds that a child is otherwise emancipated, emancipation occurs and child support terminates when the child attains nineteen years of age unless one or more of the following conditions exist:

(1)The parties agree otherwise in a written stipulation after July 1, 1991.
(2) If the child is mentally or physically disabled, the court or the delegate child support enforcement unit may order child support, including payments for medical expenses or insurance or both, to continue beyond the age of nineteen.
(3) If the child is still in high school or an equivalent program, support continues until the end of the month following graduation, unless there is an order for postsecondary education, in which case support continues through postsecondary education as provided in subparagraph (1) of this subsection A child who ceases to attend high school prior to graduation and later reenrolls is entitled to support upon reenrollment and until the end of the month following graduation, but not beyond age twenty-one.

(b)For the purposes of this section, “postsecondary education support” means support for the following expenses associated with attending a college, university, or vocational education program:

Tuition, books, and fees.

>Title 14, Art. 10, 1.5

(1.6) For child support orders entered on or after July 1, 1997, unless a court finds that a child is otherwise emancipated, emancipation occurs and child support terminates when the child attains nineteen years of age unless one or more of the following conditions exist:

(a)The parties agree otherwise in a written stipulation after July 1, 1997.
(b) If the child is mentally or physically disabled, the court or the delegate child support enforcement unit may order child support, including payments for medical expenses or insurance or both, to continue beyond the age of nineteen.
(c) If the child is still in high school or an equivalent program, support continues until the end of the month following graduation. A child who ceases to attend high school prior to graduation and later reenrolls is entitled to support upon reenrollment and until the end of the month following graduation, but not beyond age twenty-one.
Title 14, Art. 10, 1.6

TITLE 19 CHILDREN’S CODE
ARTICLE 1 General Provisions

Definitions.
As used in this title or in the specified portion of this title, unless the context otherwise requires:

(a) “Adult” means a person eighteen years of age or older; except that any person eighteen years of age or older who is under the continuing jurisdiction of the court, who is before the court for an alleged delinquent act committed prior to the person’s eighteenth birthday, or concerning whom a petition has been filed for the person’s adoption other than under this title shall be referred to as a juvenile.
(18)”Child” means a person under eighteen years of age.
(45) “Emancipated juvenile”, as used in section 19-2-511, means a juvenile over fifteen years of age and under eighteen years of age who has, with the real or apparent assent of the juvenile’s parents, demonstrated independence from the juvenile’s parents in matters of care, custody, and earnings.  The term may include, but shall not be limited to, any such juvenile who has the sole responsibility for the juvenile’s own support, who is married, or who is in the military.
Title 19, Art. 1, §19-1-103

TITLE 23 HIGHER EDUCATION AND VOCATIONAL
TRAINING
ARTICLE 7 Classification of Students for Tuition Purposes

Definitions.

As used in this article, unless the context otherwise requires:

(3) “Emancipated minor” means a minor whose parents have entirely surrendered the right to the care, custody, and earnings of such minor, no longer are under any duty to support or maintain such minor, and have made no provision for the support of such minor.
(7) “Minor” means a male or female person who has not attained the age of twenty-two years.
Title 23, Art. 7, §23-7-102

Presumptions and rules for determination of status.

(1) Unless the contrary appears to the satisfaction of the registering authority of the institution at which a student is registering, it shall be presumed that:

(g) A minor is unemancipated.
(j) The marriage of a minor results in his .

(3)An unemancipated minor qualifies for a change in his or her classification to in-state student for tuition purposes only if either of his or her parents, regardless of custody or parental responsibilities, or his or her legal guardian has completed the requirements for establishing a Colorado domicile. Eligibility for classification as an in-state student for tuition purposes shall be lost if both of his parents, regardless of custody or parental responsibilities, or his or her legal guardian has lost eligibility. An emancipated minor or adult who has registered as a student does not qualify for a change in his or her classification to in-state student for tuition purposes unless he or she has established and maintained a domicile for twelve continuous months in this state.

Title 23, Art. 7, §23-7-103