WOW - you have your hands full and my heart goes out to you! Be very careful though as you are a minor, and involving the legal system may well result in the loss of your child to foster care based on the state's view of what is best for the baby! However, if you do decide to move forward legally, then you can seek to be emancipated as an adult; which would allow you to make the decisions you are seeking to make. The problem again is if you file for emancipation, child services will become involved; and again you may well lose custody of your baby. If you can agree to have your grandparents and dad work out something directly, that may be the simplest approach, as at 15 you really have much more to deal with than most people your age! I truly wish you the best of luck! As an aside, if you found my direction helpful, and if you feel appropriate; could you be so kind as to designate my answer as the “best” answer to your question?
Who knows what they may allow in California, but the other attorney's answer is misleading on the emancipation issue. Texas does not allow minors to file for emancipation until they are at least 16, and usually you must be 17 before a court will emancipate you. I don't think emancipation is a viable alternative for you right now. As to the rest of that answer, unfortunately there is a possibility that both you and your baby could be taken into CPS custody, and not necessarily together, if the situation is bad enough. It definitely sounds like you need some help, though, and finding someone to talk to about all this might be a good first step. Perhaps either a counselor or teacher at school or someone at the hospital will be able to help you. If not, you might see if there's a crisis pregnancy center near you. I'm concerned that if you're already in as bad an emotional state as it sounds like you are from your posting, giving birth and having to care for your baby under these circumstances may end up being more than you can handle. Please try to find some help.
Ms. Foley has given you very good advice, and PLEASE ignore the other lawyer, who clearly is unaware of Texas law. You are in a terrible situation, and need immediate help. First beg your maternal grandparents to step up for you. Call the White Rose Center 214-821-6292 and the link is provided below. Even though they are in Dallas - I think that they can find you help in Childress. Please try. For yourself and for your baby.
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