I am 18. middle of 3 kids. Parents paid for everything for my sister but wont help my expenses. trying to separate me from my boyfriend and refuse to pay for my college. They are trying to take the car and phone away. If i move out can i sue them for the money to match my sisters since they play favorite kid and exclude me from my siblings despite the fact that I've taken care of my brother for years now. can i sue them to support me even though i am an adult now since they have done so for my sister up to and through age 23?
No as to negligence, emotional distress and playing favorites. Perhaps yes as to contribution to college and other support items if you meet the criteria. This action has been fairly unusual in the past unless the parents were divorced. However, there is a case in the news media now where a college age woman obtained such an order over the wishes of her parents. These are very fact sensitive. You should seek a consultation from an experience family attorney in your county who can give you a better read on the local family judges since this is a fairly unusual application. The outcome will also depend upon your parent's present financial circumstances.
the answer from the other attorney is exactly right. let me add a little:
you and your parents need to talk, and you need to understand what they are saying and why.
a trained professional will help, I suggest a family therapist. please suggest this to them, and really try to get them to meet with you with a family therapist.
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As the other attorneys have pointed out, it may be possible to get help on college.
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