Are any of you ladies...

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Registered: 03-15-2009
Are any of you ladies...
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Thu, 08-06-2009 - 7:54am

...Emancipated?? I'm thinking of getting emancipated from my mom for a couple of reasons


1. I haven't lived with her for a while now, and have been living on my own with Caleb.


2. Legally I would be an adult, so it would be easier for us to get married.


3. I don't get a long with my mom.


4. I'm pregnant (not a good reason, but it kind of does play a factor in here right?)


Could you guys give me some imput please? I'd like to know what you think, and if any of you are, could you tell me a bit about the process, like how long would it actually take for me to get emancipated??? TIA :o)

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Registered: 01-19-2009
Thu, 08-06-2009 - 4:52pm
In most states HAVING a baby, not being pregnant, but giving birth legally emancipates you. In my state it does but I am emancipating myself from my parents before that because in my state my parents are responsible for me until I am 21 or give birth or get married, so due to the divorce I have to sign a paper saying they are not responsible for me or my dad pays my MOM child support until January. I don't think the divorce will be done before I give birth but it's just a precaution. My dad said one less child support payment to my mom means he can put that money towards me and the baby. Which I told him I don't expect him to support me but I'd much rather he keeps the money then pay my mom you know?






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Registered: 07-28-2008
Thu, 08-06-2009 - 5:12pm

I'm obviously not emancipated, since I'm already an adult, but Amy is right. In a lot of states being pregnant, or having a baby automatically allows you to become emancipated. Generally speaking you still have to go to court, but it's not as big of a deal as it would be if you were not pregnant. Normally you just take proof of pregnancy, show it to the judge, and voila. You're emancipated. I live in CA, though, and I know that here having a baby, or being pregnant doesn't emancipate you. And in order to become emancipated you have to prove that you are able to financially provide for yourself without the assistance of your parents or the government. Considering you have already been living independently, that shouldn't be a problem for you. I would say to definitely get emancipated, if you can. It will make everything a lot easier once you have the baby. Plus, you can marry your man :)

Just one thing, though. How old are you? (Sorry, I can't remember!) I know that in a lot of states you have to be at least 16 or 17 in order to become emancipated, or even married. I would say to google
" emancipation laws" and see what you can find out.

HTH!




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Registered: 03-15-2009
Sun, 08-09-2009 - 8:55am

Thanks so much both of you! Amy, it doesn't really make sense that you would be considered a minor until you are 21, but I can completely see why you wouldn't want your dad to pay child support to your mom... :(


Tarynn, I am 16 (as of June 16th lol)so that isn't the problem, but I did search illinois emancipation laws, and it doesn't say anything about if pregnancy/giving birth legally emancipates me, so I guess not.


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