Painesville, OH asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for North Carolina

Q: Emancipation concerns?

My boyfriend who is going to be 17 soon (I'm 20) is looking into getting emancipated (lives in north carolina, im in ohio). I have a car, getting a apartment soon with 2 other people, we all have stable jobs, and his father highly likely will support the decision (his mother might oppose). The problem is though, that at the moment he doesn't have a job or his GED yet, would that effect him get emancipated? It says he needs to be stable and self sufficient, which he will be in the sense hes coming here to live with us in a stable home, get a job and help with rent, and start/finish his GED in the meantime. So he has a home to go to, reliable transportation, would be getting a job after moving in, and im gonna help him practice driving as well for getting a liscense. Is this enough for the court to consider him to be able to come? Would us being a different state change anything? We've met before and I met his family, known them for while, and we all get along great

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Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Jacksonville, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: Of course his mother will likely oppose - any sane person would. Most 16 year old boys can't tie their own shoes or keep their pants pulled up - let alone provide for themselves. Emancipation is difficult because the child will have to convince a Judge that he is able to take care of himself and provide for himself and that's at the time of the hearing not some possible future ability. Right off the bat, as a high school drop out with not even a drivers licensee, he is in a bad position to ask the court for emancipation. This is likely an incredibly bad idea but best of luck to you both if it is granted.

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