Have you found yourself with severe family issues leading to emancipation as a resort?

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Answered by: Christopher, An Expert in the Teenage Advice - General Category
Everyone in the human world has or has had at some point in time, family issues. Whether or not they are family issues leading to emancipation is a different story. Some minor and some not so minor. This is a question of severity. Severity is the answer to a question such as the one being asked. You cannot question the necessity of emancipating ones self from your home without properly measuring that home first. There's numerous questions you have to answer yourself honestly. Is the environment you're trying to leave harmful to you in anyway? Physically or mentally? You then need to branch off of that answer. If you've answered no, probable cause for emancipation has already been cut by fifty percent; but if you've answered yes then you must consider your perception. Is something truly dangerous, or simply has your mind gone on the defensive to cover its own faults? Did you lay a trap for yourself to walk in and then point the finger at your family? This is something, now; not that all teens are guilty of, but is rather common among such an age group. Proving that a house hold is unfit for a youth however is only half the battle. You've answered one question, yes the teen/child has family issues. The second question: Is emancipation the answer to those family issues? This is a question that tends to become rather sensitive. It begins to conflict with the youths perception of themselves, specifically their pride and ego. In cases where there a severe conditions under which I child should not live under and the child is under the age of sixteen emancipation is improbable. In a case such as that it would make more sense for the child to move in with another family member that they feel more comfortable with, or perhaps they know a friend who's family would be willing to adopt, and then in worst case scenario, general foster care. The reason emancipation is not of the wisest decisions when it comes to the child's age is because it is a very rase and circumstantial situation in which a teen/child of such a young age could be responsible, working, and capable of holding their own. When they're sixteen or older it becomes a more fathomable possibility that they could have a job which pays decently, they can handle work and school in a balance fashion, etc. This is obviously something that the minor must take in mind that the courts would make sure is within their range of capabilities. They won't just emancipate a minor because a household is far from healthy - they would look for proof or reasonable consideration that the minor in question of being emancipated can handle the "real world" so to say. To be truthful about it, aside an ambiguous process, it too can also be difficult along the lines of costs. The most direct way for a minor to take on a family issue and emancipate themselves in court would be with the help of a lawyer. How many minors do you know that could afford that? Exactly. This is where most minors would resort to seeing a social worker or school guidance counselor - all of whom would dance around the concept of emancipation. It is a large step for a minor to consider, and not a step that all should consider. To elaborate any further on the topic as such truly requires more specific details to be evaluated. Without a circumstance the concept of emancipation is frowned upon rather than deemed admirable. Although I find it highly improper that it is viewed as such, we all know society is simply society. So if you find yourself asking do you have family issues leading to emancipation. what you really need to do is get down, dirty and specific about it. Maybe not with me, but with someone who can properly evaluate the problem at hand. Just cause you've been given reason to jump, doesn't mean everyone's ready to be away from a nest just yet.

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