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Many states do not allow for minor emancipation. South Carolina law does not provide for emancipation you can consult with a local attorney who can tell you whether due to the death of her Mother and no other parent or family emancipation would be available to her.
In order for there to be a success at the emancipation effort, she would need to show that she is working and has a way to support herself financially as well as provide for her own health care.
And it is ironic that SC touts itself as a family state - with their stance on non-emancipation; yet, if she were pregnant and wanted to get married, she could and then she would be emancipated.
If there is someone she could live with who would file for guardianship that would be an option
Yes. You should go to the Clerk of the Court and ask for form to file for Guardianship. If you are her family and can show the court that you have a good family and homelife to present you could more than likely get the guardianship. The court would much rather have a child wth family than in a foster home.
You asked about emancipation - that is living on her own. But if she could live with you - and you take responsibility for her until she is 18, that would work.
I should have been more clear and I apologize.
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