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Smithm

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I am preparing for an Emancipation petition. Should I hire a lawyer to represent me? If so, what field should they have experience in? Family law, Child custody, etc.?
 


Zigner

Senior Member, Non-Attorney
What US state does this involve?
How old are you?
Why do you feel you qualify for emancipation?
 

PayrollHRGuy

Senior Member
No the best answer would be that the OPs chances of being emancipated are between slim and none but since she asked for a lawyer I figured that a family law specialist could tell him/her that.
 

quincy

Senior Member
I am preparing for an Emancipation petition. Should I hire a lawyer to represent me? If so, what field should they have experience in? Family law, Child custody, etc.?
What is the name of your state?

Discussing your need for emancipation with an attorney in your area can be smart but you should know that becoming emancipated is difficult at best and impossible at worst.

If you provide your location, we can give you the emancipation laws in your state.
 

FlyingRon

Senior Member
I live in Kansas and I am 16.
Kansas is rougher. If you have parents, then you have to show you're both already living on your own and your parents agree to the emancipation or at least don't protest.
You have to show that you have long-term living arrangements as well as a document EXISTING job to pay all your needs and a plan for doing so. Further, you must demonstrate that emancipation is in your best interest.

Do you meet all these requirements? If not, you're wasting your money with an attorney.
 

Smithm

Junior Member
Thank you all very much. It is much appreciated.

Yes I meet the requirements.
Do you think hiring a lawyer to represent me would be more respected by the judge? Or if I represent myself would that portray more independence?

Also, I have various reasons for petitioning this. Is the fact that I am forced to partake in religious events and activities even though it is 100% against my beliefs one valid reason? Would that be taken seriously by the judge?
 

quincy

Senior Member
Thank you all very much. It is much appreciated.

Yes I meet the requirements.
Do you think hiring a lawyer to represent me would be more respected by the judge? Or if I represent myself would that portray more independence?

Also, I have various reasons for petitioning this. Is the fact that I am forced to partake in religious events and activities even though it is 100% against my beliefs one valid reason? Would that be taken seriously by the judge?
So, you already live on your own and are self-supporting? That certainly makes emancipation more likely.

A difference in religious beliefs can be a legitimate reason.

It is up to you whether to have an attorney assist you. It is not necessary.
 
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PayrollHRGuy

Senior Member
How are you being forced to take part in religious events if you don't currently live with your parents/guardians?

Not living with your parents/guardians with their consent is one of the requirements.

If you bring up those religious issues in court in Kansas it may not help your cause.

If you are in court you need a lawyer.
 

quincy

Senior Member
How are you being forced to take part in religious events if you don't currently live with your parents/guardians?

Not living with your parents/guardians with their consent is one of the requirements.

If you bring up those religious issues in court in Kansas it may not help your cause.

If you are in court you need a lawyer.
A lawyer is not necessary - although having a lawyer accompany you to court can ease some anxiety.
 

Smithm

Junior Member
I'm planning to move out soon, I still live with my guardian currently.
My guardian forces me to attend her religious services 2 a week, plus events that her organization provides. They are fully aware I am strongly opposed to their religion and continue to force me.
This reason is only one of few that I have, is it worth bringing up? Will it have a potent pull in my favor?
 

quincy

Senior Member
I'm planning to move out soon, I still live with my guardian currently.
My guardian forces me to attend her religious services 2 a week, plus events that her organization provides. They are fully aware I am strongly opposed to their religion and continue to force me.
This reason is only one of few that I have, is it worth bringing up? Will it have a potent pull in my favor?
Ah. Emancipation is sounding less likely for you now. You do not appear to be in a position yet where a petition for emancipation will be taken seriously by a court.

You can use the link I provided earlier to speak to a professional at Kansas Legal Services.

Good luck.
 
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