My parents have joint custody over me, but i live with my father. I provide myself with everything I need and I care for myself. My father and his wife mental abuses me just about everyday. They call me ugly names and accuse me of things that are not true. They also make me feel horrible and unhappy. I want to move out and move in with my cousin who has an apartment. I have talk to her about it and I would pay her rent. Could this happen while me being 17? Or will I have to wait till I turn 18.
Legally, you cannot become emancipated from your parents at the age of 17 in Alabama. You can at 18 if you can show that you can fully support yourself. If the situation is so bad at your dads's you may want to think about moving in with Mom full time.
I agree with my colleague. Moving in with your Mom may be the best idea at this point. However, if that's not a possibility, you can seek help at your local shelter for abused women or contact DHR about your situation. If you contact DHR, you will have to have specific dates, times, places and descriptions of the abuse.
I'm sorry you're in this situation and I'm hoping you'll seek the available help to improve it.
All the best,
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