Thank you for your question. Please permit me to assist you with your concerns.
I am genuinely sorry to hear that you find yourself in this situation. I am truly sorry that you feel terrorized and pursued. As far as 'legal emancipation', if you are a legal adult, you are emancipated--'emancipation' is generally the process a minor child can pursue to no longer be associated with his or her parents. An adult has no legal duty or obligation to associate, so no emancipation is necessary. Therefore, there is nothing for you to do other than ignore them and not contact them. If you wish, you can file for restraining orders against them if they are making threats or attempting to harm you, and ask the courts to step in. And even if married you can still seek a restraining order if you moved out, live separately, and are threatened by this person (this is an example of a legitimate claim for domestic violence
). if the police won't help try a local law school--see if they have free legal clinics available for battered women or if they can offer you a referral so that you can pursue this with counsel.
As far as changing your name, contact your local courthouse, speak to the clerk, and ask for a 'petition for a name change
' form. Fill it out, pay the fee, and it will be placed on docket. Unless you pick a name that is somehow offensive, and you have a reasonable basis for the change, the judge upon meeting you will order it, and you will be able to get it done.
Hope that helps and please take care!