im turning 16 in april, i cant live with my mom for much longer shes killing me, she really is. she forces me to babysit so she go out and drink with her friends, and she treats me super bad and hits me for no reason somtimes and a lot of the time, she calls me names and tells me ill never go anywhere in life ever and one time she beat me because i tried to leave because she was beating me an i didnt want to be hit and she has been hurting me since i was a kid, she had me when she was 15 and she tells me i ruined her life and says so much hateful stuff to me, and somtimes i just wish i was dead isntead of living with her, but she doesnt treat my siblings like she treats me and i dont know way
You should talk to a trusted adult - a friend, a school counselor, a friend's parent, church minister or police officer - and seek help right away. Nobody should be hitting you or treating you in that way. You are good to think of your siblings, but the only way to help them is also the only way to help yourself - get some responsible adults in your community involved.
If you have no responsible adult to talk to you, you can call a local domestic abuse hotline: (757) 723-7774
or the police: 757-727-6111
Whatever you do, get help from an adult right away.
God bless and good luck.
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Just because you turn 16 will not mean that you are automatically emancipated. To be legally emancipated, you need to petition the court. Part of that includes proving you are capable of surviving on your own financially.
If you petition the court to be emancipated, your mother must be made a respondent, and she will be expected to go to court to either support or challenge your emancipation request. While it may be possible that the hearing will not put you into a position where you have to fully explain why you do not want to live with your mother anymore, it may nevertheless POSSIBLY trigger Child Protective Services to investigate your mom's home. From that point forward, there's a lot of unknowns since the CPS investigation and actions to take will lie within its discretion, which COULD eventually lead to your siblings being taken from your mother. This is all very speculative, but you should be mindful of these possibilities if you are most concerned about breaking up your family.
I do hope that you can find a way to reconcile with your mom and make living with her more bearable for another 2 years, but if you are serious about emancipating, be sure to review the Virginia Code and do as much research on these processes as you can.
https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title16.1/chapter11/ [look at the topics under Article 15]
This answer provides general advice and should not be understood as to create an attorney-client relationship between the questioner and the responding attorney.
You might consider living with a family friend or other adult family member. Most 16 year olds can’t support themselves financially. You need to finish high school, so you will need support.
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