I am a 15 year old female, but I will be 16 in August. I know that in Virginia, you must be 16 to be emancipated.
I have a job with flexible hours and I am applying for a second job.
Collectively, I will make close to 300 or 400 dollars a week, depending on how many hours worked, etc.
I am a senior in high school, I will graduate when I am 16.
My problem is this;
My mother and I are constantly feuding and at each other's throats. My father died when I was seven. They were divorced when I was a year old. Since then, my mother has been remarried twice. She is still in her third marriage. Her last husband was abusive and made sexual advances to my sister and I. He also threatened, verbally attacked, and attempted to physically attack my brother and myself.
Her current husband is not physically abusive, nor has he ever been. However, he has not held a steady job for the close to six years we have lived with him. He insults my siblings and I often and acts as though he is our father, when he is not.
My sister just recently had a child. Since she became pregnant, my mother has found it to be her utmost duty to crack down on me in every situation possible. It is now my responsibility to keep the home clean at all times, help clean up after my sister's child, help watch my sister's child when she is at work, and be able to drop anything I am doing, including work, to come home simply because she wants me home.
This is weighing me down physically and emotionally. I have not yet moved out of the house, for fear of the reaction of my mother. She is tears me apart emotionally.
She has also stated that she does not feel "comfortable" with me graduating at 16 and going to college at 17. I am afraid she may try to hold me back from going to college.
I currently work for my best friend's father and he is the one who has brought emancipation to my attention. I have two friends, both the age of 18, who have offered to let me live in their apartment as long as I help pay rent, etc. They would also be able to provide transportation for me to school and work until I acquire my liscense. I already have a car which is registered in my name (according to my mother, it is).
I know that I must show proof that I can live and support myself efficiently if I hope to become emancipated.
I know that this is not an easy task, so I was wondering what help and other information I can get before I proceed with anything.