My thoughts go out to that kid. Hope he turns 18 soon enough, become an adult young man and leaves all that trouble behind.
In Florida, a minor child can file a petition with the court to be emancipated. However, he must have an attorney appointed by the court called a Guardian Ad Litem to investigate the situation and let the court know, by an oral and/or written report, whether or not this child can make it on his own if he was to be emancipated by the Court. For instance, if he has a job which will support him, a driver's license, .a bank account, a car or other form of transportation. That is, all of the basic things you and I as adults would need to survive. If the Court is convinced, the Judge could enter an order emancipating him before age 18. If both parents cooperate and do not fight his case it will be even better.
On the other hand, if the emancipation does not work (or otherwise) anybody who has the physical custody of the boy can ask BOTH parents through the court system, by suing both parents, for a child support amount to be paid to the party who has the child physically to be able to support him. So, this could be another possible option.
The third option (which could probably be left for last) would be to contact the Florida Department of Children and Family Services regarding the situation. Sometimes, if their investigators find it so, they can terminate the parents' parental rights over the child and turn over the child's custody to a third party (as a grandmother, an uncle, etc.). But this option should be left for last because the Department may be a bit unpredictable at times due to the high volume of work they currently have and small amount of resources compared to the job the Department must perform.
Hope the answer helped.
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