When I was little my dad's always been in and out of my life. Eventually he passed away from a car crash. I've had depression and anxiety attacks for two years, used to be suicidal but not anymore what so ever. Me and my mom hardly get along. We are constantly arguing because we have many differences and beliefs. She doesn't understand how to deal with a teen having all of these issues. Things had gotten extremely rough. I'm hoping to petition to be emancipated but if not, is there any way that my friend's family can legally adopt me? I just want to leave and hopefully in the future maintain a relationship with my mom when she's ready. Thank you so much.
Yes, you could be adopted. Your father has passed away (sorry about that) so that is not an issue. Your mother will need to either relinquish (give up) her parental rights or have her rights terminated. Once that happens your friend's family could adopt you legally. Once you are over 18 you no longer need your mother's consent. Good Luck!
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As long as your are a minor-you'll need to have your mother's rights terminated. Once you are and adult, no consent is necessary and the process is much simpler. Good luck!
You do not say how old you are or what it is that would allow you to be self sufficient. Unless you can be self sufficient the courts will not allow an emancipation and the younger you are the less likely they will approve it.
At 18 you can do whatever you want as an adult.
At the present time you need to consider that in order to be adopted by anyone you either have to have your mother's permission and a consent form signed, or you have to have her parental rights terminated by a court. You do not allege anything that would justify a termination (which is not to say a reason does not exist but only that you haven't stated one).
Another factor you need to consider is the question of social security benefits you receive as a result of your father's death. While I do not do Public Entitlement Law it is my understanding that you receive, or should receive, those benefits. Your mother would actually be getting the money. Once you are adopted, however, it is my belief that the money stops and your mother may not approve such an adoption. You need to check to see if this is true and if you would be losing public entitlements during your minority.
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