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Emancipation with no job?

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Junior Member
What is the name of your state?Virginia

Hello...I am a sixteen year old girl living in the state of Virginia, and I have been giving serious consideration to having myself legally emancipated for several months now.

My reason for emancipation is that I feel my family's attitude towards myself is detrimental to my mental health. As an aspiring marriage and family therapist, I feel correct in saying that my parents show little parental feeling to me (I was a...statistical anomale), and that this lack of affection has had serious ramifications upon my ability to bond on a personal level with other people. It has escalated to the point where I feel completely worthless, and my grades (in math especially) have taken a turn for the worse after having been an honour roll student for my scholarly career. Although I am on the "fast track"--taking three college courses in my junior year, not counting honours mathematics et cetera--I feel they place unattainable expectations on me, and then are not satisfied with them should I reach these goals.

My boyfriend of thirteen months and his family have offered--with no mention of wanting to leave my home--to take me in if I ever need it (they know how my parents treat me, especially in comparison to my brother). They have many extra beds and computers, so I would have no problems completing school work. And I feel I am mature enough and bright enough to handle myself in the real world without too much trouble.

The real problem is that I do not have a job--which I believe is a requirement to become legally emancipated--because I am not allowed to have a job. Nor am I completely certain that I would be able to convince a judge that I can handle my education competently with my current math grade--I admit I am failing it. I do not wish to incur my parents displeasure by taking legal action and then having it fall through, leaving me at their mercy. I have every intention of getting a job so I may pay my boyfriend's mother rent, and should that fall through my best friend's mother has also offered upon numerous occasions to let me live with them. I also really think that, in a better atmosphere, my grades will take a dramatic turn for the better.

I know I have gone on forever in a thoroughly cold and detached manner, but this situation has me somewhat perplexed. I would love it if someone would give me advice! :)


Senior Member
One of the biggies for emancipation........SUPPORTING YOURSELF!!!

You need to show that you are mature enough to handle living on your own. That you have an income and will be able to pay your own bills.

You aren't able to do that. You are just swapping one set of parents for somebody else's parents.


Under the Radar Member
And.... as mature as you seem to be, a judge is not likely to emancipate you to live with a boyfriend and family. Even a friend and family isn't likely. Thing is, it's always possible that their situation changes and for whatever reason can no longer provide you with a place to stay. Then what? You'll be emancipated but with no means to support yourself - the court will not take that chance. I'm sorry.

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