How to get emancipated?

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How to get emancipated?

I am 17 years I have a newborn. I want to get married with my baby’s daddy but I can’t because he is from Mexico and my parent won’t sign.

Asked on December 28, 2011 under Family Law, Texas

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Emancipation can truly only occur if you are able to financially support yourself. In your situation, your child's father may not be the one to give you that financial support, especially if he is not a resident here. You need to probably wait until you are 18 and then you can make any decision you choose because at that point you would be able to marry without your parents' permission or written consent. Keep in mind, you may lose a lot of benefits that might be available to you should you choose that route. If you plan on getting a college degree, talk with your school counselor about options and financial programs so your child might be able to have day care while you are in classes. Those services may not be available post marriage but look at all of your options before you finalize any decision.


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