If I am 16 years old, what are the steps are to get emancipated?

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If I am 16 years old, what are the steps are to get emancipated?

I currently don’t live at home, however, I’m still under the legal authority of my parents. I have had a court date twice because my father beat me and went to jail for it; I went to the hospital. I have not been to court at all. My parents do not buy me anything I need. My godmother has been buying all of my clothes and things. I have several police reports against me from when my mother called the police because we fought a lot. However I have not been arrested ever. I have never had any troubles with adults or anybody outside of my parents home. I have no bad school records.

Asked on March 23, 2012 under Family Law, Alabama

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your situation with your parents.  You seem to be a very strong and wise person at such a very young age.  You should be proud of yourself for with standing all that you have and rising above it.  I can see that with the take charge attitude you indeed have you will go on to be very successful in the future.  Now, you are lucky to have your Grandmother as well.  Would it be possible for her to request that the court give her legal guardianship of you until you are 18?  The standard that the courts use is "in the best interest of the child."  I think that that applies here.  I think that it may be the best way to proceed here because in Alabama the age of majority appears to be 19 and courts can only grant emancipation to those who are 18 under the law.  Speak with an adult you trust to hep you here.  Good luck.  Be strong.  You will indeed be a fine adult.  You are, already, a great kid.


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