10 Stars Who Tried to 'Divorce' Their Parents

Whether it was about child labor laws or dwindling bank accounts, these celebs took steps to become legally emancipated – before they could even drive

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DREW BARRYMORE

DREW BARRYMORE
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Barrymore has been open about her frosty relationship with her parents, but that wasn't what drove her to seek emancipation at 15: she told PEOPLE that she didn't want to be constrained by child labor laws, saying "That's a big consideration when people are casting you."

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MACAULAY CULKIN

MACAULAY CULKIN
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In 1997, after claiming that his father not only mismanaged his earnings but also made him sleep on the couch, the Home Alone actor was granted emancipation – and $17 million – at age 16.

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JENA MALONE

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With early success in films like Stepmom, Bastard Out of Carolina and Donnie Darko came cash – and lots of it. But "it came to a certain point that money and family didn't mix," Malone told PEOPLE. So after claiming her mother mismanaged her earnings, the 15-year-old won her independence.

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MICHELLE WILLIAMS

MICHELLE WILLIAMS
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Michelle Williams

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TAYLOR MOMSEN

TAYLOR MOMSEN
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Jenny Humphrey wasn't just an independent teen on screen: Momsen frequently spoke out against her parents for pushing her into show business at a young age, and sought legal emancipation at 16.

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ARIEL WINTER

ARIEL WINTER
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The Modern Family actress had a dramatic road to emancipation: After the Department of Children and Family Services found evidence that her mother both physically and emotionally abused her in 2012, Winter's older sister, Shanelle Grey, became her guardian, and the 17-year-old was granted legal freedom in early 2015.

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ALICIA SILVERSTONE

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She was the teen all others wanted to be following her turn in 1995's Clueless. But four years before taking on the role of Cher, Silverstone became legally emancipated in order to get around child labor laws.

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AARON CARTER

AARON CARTER
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Carter is proof that sometimes, family and business don't mix: In 2003, the singer fired his momager and claimed she stole $100,000 of his earnings. At the age of 16, he filed for legal emancipation.

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COREY FELDMAN

COREY FELDMAN
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Despite his success in '80s films like Stand By Me and The Goonies, Feldman had just $40,000 left in his bank account after his parents mismanaged his money – a sum that his father demanded as repayment for the time he'd devoted to his son's schedule. This led Feldman to seek legal separation from his parents at just 15 years old.

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FRANCES BEAN COBAIN

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Cobain's often rocky childhood led her to seek emancipation from her mother, Courtney Love, around the age of 16 (interestingly enough, Love did the same at the same age). Love lost legal control of Cobain – her daughter with late ex Kurt Cobain – in 2009, when a judge granted temporary guardianship to Cobain's mother and sister.

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