Will Jaden Smith Become Emancipated Minor?

April 24, 2013  |  
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With the lead-up to After Earth, his movie with his famous dad, Jaden Smith has been busy. He performed at Rip the Runway, released a clothing line, and appeared at the Kids’ Choice Awards. But is he ready to be a grown up? According to an interview the father-son duo did with Metro New York, he just might be—by being declared an adult in the eyes of the law.

Will and Jaden play father and son in After Earth, and the joint interview of course delved into the older Smith’s parenting style. He and his wife are famously hands-off with their children and with Jaden, their laissez-faire approach to parenting might become even more dramatic. When asked what happens when he and Jada’s oldest son turns 18, Smith answered, “We’ve been talking about, he’s been thinking about becoming an emancipated minor.”

So does it mean Jaden will be divorcing his parents? “No, it’s not like that,” Papa Smith told the interviewer. “More the idea that, I want him to have as much command and freedom if he is willing to accept responsibility. Those are two concepts that are inexorably bound. So he’s a very responsible young man so he’s entitled to the maximum freedom.” Not all children need the same kind of parenting, and kids need to learn responsibility no matter what but are the Smiths possible taking this too far?

Perhaps not. Parents of emancipated minors are absolved of all their parenting responsibilities, yes, but the main right emancipated minors receive is the ability to handle all their own business transactions without the approval a parent. That means Jaden wouldn’t need his parents’ permission to do any kind of work he wants (and let’s face it; the boy’s not too pressed about making honor roll—work comes first). If the possible emancipation did go through, the parents and child could even agree that child labor laws wouldn’t apply to the child. Maybe Will and Jada are just giving their son the famous person’s version of his own lemonade stand.

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