Maybe "consent for adoption" would be a more correct term as that was how it was stated in the divorce decree. It said that as part of the consent for adoption I would relinquish parental rights or something like that. I wish I had a copy with me to give the exact language. I would not really be interested in going to court as I fear that it would take so long that she would be 18 or close to it by the time anything was decided. she is afraid for her safety and would like to leave town as quickly as possible, by whatever legal means are available (emancipation has also been discussed with me).
When she turns 18 next year she will still have a semester and a half of high school left until graduation. Would that affect her ability to leave and my ability to take her with me?
If she were to go the emancipation route, what criteria would the court take into consideration in order to grant this? She currently works part time at a Subway restaurant making $8.25/hour and lives at home. Would she have to move out on her own (essentially "running away") and get her own place? Her mom is very controlling of her activities and if she continues living at home she would be unable to take on any job with a meaningful income. She only goes to school in the mornings because she only has a couple classes this year, her senior year would likely be the same (I'm guessing) so a full time job is not out of the question. She also has no vehicle of her own as the vehicle she uses is in the name of her mother's common law husband. If she had to get her own place I am certainly prepared to help her in any way that I can to include renting her a place and buying her a car. If she were to move out on her own, could it be in a neighboring town (such as Cheyenne-50 miles up the road) so that she can get away from the toxic environment she is experiencing in her current school? I know this is a lot of questions at once. I guess the most important one being what does the court deem as "self sufficient"?
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