Hey, i'm 17 years old. For the past 2 to three years i have been mainly taking care of myself. My father has raised me since i was a child. however i suspect he has major mental issues. I have been told by other family members of horrible things that has both happened to him and that he has done. including the problems he had with other childen with a different mother than mine. through out my life i have been nothing but tramatized by him, within the past few years it has gotten increasingly worse. Possibly putting my own mental state in danger due to the fact that he gives me no options to get away from him in any way. within the past few months i have learned about emancipation and have done my best to get it going. i have my restricted license, i have had a job since june, i've saved a great deal of money. i am not some sort of rebel child trying to get away. i'm known as being responsible, kind and intelligent. i've maintained a 4.o throughout highschool and much of middle school. within the past few months also he had hit me with a closed hand. i got away and child services and the police were involved. unfortunaltely within 2 weeks child services said there was nothing else they could do, my safe house was revealed to my father, and i had to return home. I have a lawyer through three rivers leagal but he doesn't seem to be ttrying whatsoever. it's been months and i havn't heard hardly from him. i really need to know what i need to do to qualify for emancipation (requirments), how to get any papers needed, and what all i need to present before a judge. or how i even get to where i am before a judge. if anyone knows please write. life with my father is torture.