What legally am I able to do to get as far away from my parents as possible?
Question Details: I'm almost 17 and in 11th grade. My parents are divorced and have joint custody of me. My father doesn't really do his share of work raising me. I am in a bad situation in both of the homes; my parents both have mental issues and addictions. There is abuse going on but I'd rather not get them in trouble; I'd rather just leave. I am aware that I am not able to get emancipated in the state in which I live with my mother but what would make me eligible for emancipation in the state in which my father lives (NJ)?
New Jersey has no formal emancipation laws on the books and so it is very difficult to obtain emancipation there. Are there any adults or family members that you trust in order to be able to get you away from the situations that you are in? You need to confide in some one -please - to help protect you. A grandparent or aunt or adult cousin - some one who can take you in. Determinations are made in the best interest of the child. You are still a child. You deserve better. You are obviously very smart, strong and capable and thinkgs will get better if your persist. Good luck.
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