When is a child "emancipated?"


#1

Children are morally bound to be obedient to their parents in all things not sinful until they are emancipated. "2217 As long as a child lives at home with his parents, the child should obey his parents in all that they ask of him when it is for his good or that of the family. "Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord."22 Children should also obey the reasonable directions of their teachers and all to whom their parents have entrusted them. But if a child is convinced in conscience that it would be morally wrong to obey a particular order, he must not do so." Does this still apply when a child is in college? They aren't living in their parentss house, but if they receive financial aid from their parents, are they still morally bound to obey their parents (practically speaking, they would still be bound, but would they be bound morally?)


#2

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Children are morally bound to be obedient to their parents in all things not sinful until they are emancipated. "2217 As long as a child lives at home with his parents, the child should obey his parents in all that they ask of him when it is for his good or that of the family. "Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord."22 Children should also obey the reasonable directions of their teachers and all to whom their parents have entrusted them. But if a child is convinced in conscience that it would be morally wrong to obey a particular order, he must not do so." Does this still apply when a child is in college? They aren't living in their parentss house, but if they receive financial aid from their parents, are they still morally bound to obey their parents (practically speaking, they would still be bound, but would they be bound morally?)

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The parents should make it clear what they expect in return for financial aid and if a student accepts such terms then they are morally bound by it.

Mary.


#3

What Mary said is good advice.
"Emancipation" is a legal term meaning the child is declared an adult, he has a job to support himself and is not required to live with his parents or obey them, legally. Sometimes teenagers who have very difficult home situations go to court to be emancipated, so they can live on their own. But they must be able to support themselves.
Communication is always a good thing. Parents of a young person in college should discuss with him what they expect and why, and emphasize that it's for his wellbeing.

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#4

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