In the state of Texas, children become legally emancipated when they reach the age of majority. If their parents are divorced, the noncustodial parent will no longer have an obligation to pay child support. In some rare cases, however, the child may become legally emancipated before reaching the age of majority.
This may happen for a few reasons. First, they may get married, meaning they will become legally responsible for supporting their new family. They may reach economic independence before they reach the age of majority. They may completely abandon their parental home or they may become active members in the military.