My question involves emancipation laws for the State of: Tennessee
(I am quite aware there are no official laws in place for emancipation in Tennessee, anything I say is based on federal law.)
I am a teenager (nearly 15) who is wishing to seek emancipation. My reasoning for this is not solely based on abuse or me wanting to move out, but rather my education. I am near qualified to get my GED with the exception of age, and I consider myself mature and independent. I can make enough money to support myself -despite not being of age to legally work- by a white collar job.
If I go out of my way to make money, my mother uses it for herself. She is mentally ill by law, and most of my life I have been expected to take care of her. It has only been until very recently that this situation has changed. I have been taking care of myself for quite a while, and can do so with ease.
On the education note, I plan to get my GED as soon as possible, and have the resources to do so without finishing high school. I want to go to a GOOD community college (my only option for higher education for now) which is a ways away from my current home, and it would be far easier for everyone involved if I just moved near it on my own.
My guardians will consent to this for the purpose of my education. I feel that I meet all the qualifications with the exception of age and one other which I'll bring up in the questions below.
1. Do I qualify (with the exception of age) for emancipation? If not, what would I need to qualify?
2. Everything I can find says that you would need to be living on your own prior to becoming emancipated. How would one go about this?
3. Would I qualify for any financial aid? Food stamps, etc.?
Thanks for reading. I'll try to answer any questions for me you might have.