At 16, she is old enough to file for emancipation. She should consult with an attorney who is skilled in that area.
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Your niece can file a petition for emancipation if she has the demonstrated ability to make her own financial and social decisions and an affidavit from any of the following individuals declaring that the individual has personal knowledge of the her circumstances and believes that under those circumstances emancipation is in the best interests of your niece:
(a) Physician. (b) Nurse.(c) Member of the clergy.(d) Psychologist. (e) Family therapist. (f) Certified social worker.(g) Social worker. (h) Social work technician.(i) School administrator. (j) School counselor. (k) Teacher. (l) Law enforcement officer.(m) Duly regulated child care provider.
Absent being emancipated, the answer is 18.
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