I am 16 years old and I want to get emancipated. I'm attending high school now but I'm graduating early because of my good grades, and amount of credits. I'll graduate in 2015. I don't speak to my biological father, and I currently live with my mom and step dad. My step-dad is always mentally abusing me and putting me down about myself. He also slams me into doors, and slaps me in the face for no reason. My mother also mentally abuses me telling me I'll never amount to anything in life and much more, They don't allow me to leave the house, and they treat me like a slave but I never leave my room. I don't have a job yet or a car because they won't allow me. I need to get out of here. I have a place I can move and go get a job and go half on the bills with them. Can you help me please?
Family Law Attorney
Ohio law does not allow a minor to petition the court for emancipated. Although you would be emancipated if you were to marry, consent of your parents is required if you are under the age of 18. If you are being abused in your home, I would encourage you to talk to your school counselor. Although you may not be emancipated, there may be other avenues available to help you escape a truly damaging environment.
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Family Law Attorney
I absolutely agree with my colleague. If you're being abused, tell someone. You cannot be emancipated in Ohio unless you marry or join the military and neither is going to happen without parents' consent anyway. God luck to you.
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