Thank you for your patience.
Be aware that you can only pursue this (or rather, the 16 year old herself can pursue this) once she turns 16 and no earlier. Before she gets emancipated she must be able to provide for themselves, handle their own money and have a legal way to make money. All these conditions at a minimum must be met before the judge will make a ruling in favor of the child.
If the child receives permission from the court to be emancipated then the parents or the guardians are not responsible for the child. That means they are not obligated to provide money, medical insurance or any other kind of support.
Before a child gets emancipated he or she must be able to provide for themselves, handle their own money and have a legal way to make money. All these conditions at a minimum must be met before the judge will make a ruling in favor of the child.
Here are some of the general conditions as to how to file:
- The child must be a resident of Tennessee
- The child has to be at least 16 years of age
- The child must be living separate and apart from the parents or guardian
- The child must be capable of supporting himself or herself financially and managing his or her own affairs
- Each parent or guardian must consent (although there are certain exceptions)
- Not a ward of the state
Just because a child becomes emancipated there are still certain responsibilities the child must take care of themselves:
- Cannot drink alcohol until the legal age in that state
- Must attend school
- Cannot get married unless he/she has parents permission
- Cannot vote until the age of 18
- Cannot purchase cigarettes or alcohol
- Cannot purchase or possess firearms
When she turns 16, contact your local courthouse and request emancipation paperwork on her behalf. If her parents or guardians do not consent, you will be able to get the judge to overrule their contestation at the hearing.
Edited by Dimitry Alexander Kaplun on 10/9/2010 at 6:05 PM EST