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Emancipation in Pennsylvania

Discussion in 'Emancipation Law' started by _rachelfields, Jan 24, 2018.

  1. _rachelfields

    _rachelfields Law Topic Starter New Member

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    As a child my father was emotionally abusive, he called my mother and I pigs, was always yelling, not to mention has never signed my birth certificate. But what was worse was that he was physical, I’d come down the stairs to him kicking my mother and the ground and I’d scream and scream and throw things at him to make him stop and he just would not. I’d run upstairs and hide in my closet but he’d just rip the door hinges off. My parents got separated and then divorced so we now live in sifferent homes. The court still requires me to see him, which I usually avoid as there is more to the story, but I still am legally under his custody and they have yet to hear my testimony. I’ve lived with my mother for some time now along with my sister and my brothers who both see their dad because they were too young to remember. But my mother is emotionally unstable. Even when we lived with my dad, she was never home, not that I mind. I changed my siblings diapers, sang him to sleep, taught him wrong from right. I never know what mood she’s feeling or how she is going to be, what she is going to yell at, what she will be able to find wrong. She spends more time with her boyfriend than with us, we come home to an empty fridge and cabinets. I made her breakfast and the first thing she said was that it looked disgusting. I didn’t mean to go off on a tangent it’s just gotten really bad and I needed some context. I recently turned 16 and have been waiting for the day I am eligable for emancipation since I was 12. My mom is planning to move with her boyfriend after the school year to wherever his new job will be at and take all of us. However, I do not want to be torn from the support systems I have now. My coach has payed for almost everything cheer-related, not her. I’m sure a new cheer coach will not be so gracious. I have a job, I’d also have a place to live, I am on the varsity cheerleading team (which i’d very willingly quit if it means working more to support myself) get good grades, and am responsible with money. Is this enough grounds for emancipation? And if so what will the emancipation process be like?
     
  2. KatDini

    KatDini Well-Known Member

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  3. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    No.

    You should report any abuse of any person to the police.

    You can also report if anyone is abusing you to a teacher, school counselor, school nurse, or principal.

    Name calling is not abuse.

    Cursing is not abuse.

    Shouting is not abuse.

    Ignoring you is not abuse.

    Refusing to sign a birth certificate is not abuse.

    Slapping, punching, kicking, spitting, hitting, cutting, stabbing, shooting; are all forms of abuse.
     
  4. mightymoose

    mightymoose Moderator

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    I agree this is not an emancipation issue.

    The person you will probably find easiest to speak with about your problems at home is a school counselor. They will know what to do to get the right people involved to try and help if they find that help is necessary.
     
  5. ElleMD

    ElleMD Well-Known Member

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    You won't be emancipated because you don't want to move. If your parents were married, your father wuldn't have had to sign the birth certificate, he would been your legal father by virtue of being married to your mother.
     
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    shrinkmaster Well-Known Member

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    Emancipation is NOT going to happen
     
  7. cbg

    cbg Super Moderator

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    You'll need to keep waiting because you're still not eligible for emancipation. It takes far, far more to be eligible than attaining the age of 16.
     

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