Q: What can be done for a 16 year old seeking emancipation? There is a possibility of emotional and mental abuse involved.
A: You do not have the legal capacity to decide where you wish to live until you are 18. You may qualify for emancipation if you are able to financially support yourself, in which case you should talk to an attorney to assist you in filing for legal emancipation.
If you cannot support yourself, and your home is unsafe, then you need to contact social services so they can place you in a stable environment. If found as a runaway, before you engage with social services, you will either be returned to the home of your legal guardians or else placed in juvenile detention. Speak with a school counselor or social services as soon as possible.
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