My father works in New Orleans, and my mother and I are back in Illinois. (They are still together) I am 16 years old. I am female. I am a performer, i make 30-50 dollars an hour, and I average two jobs a week that pay at least 100 dollars. I have a constant performing job that pays 80 dollars a week. My mother refuses to let me get an "actual" job. Living under my mothers roof is not going to be acceptable for me much longer. Every day i undergo such emotional and verbal abuse that i highly doubt the further endurance of this will cause me to literally go crazy, or need to seek professional help. I am 5'5 and am 117 pounds, underweight, but naturally underweight. She constantly is trying to convince me of how fat I am, how ugly i am, and how I am just a horrible human being. I cannot stress how sufficiently retarded my mother is in areas of parenting and communicating in general. She is ignorant to the needs of anyone but herself. I currently have no food in the house, because she says we have no money for groceries, but yet, yesterday she went out and ate about 50 dollars worth of sushi, but i dont have any bread or fruit to eat for lunch, so i often go hungry till she stops by a mcdonalds for a healthy meal once a day, because we dont have enough money. Things of this nature are so common in my house that it is pathetic. I believe I have proven myself mature, living away from home for 4-5 months, volunteering 500 hours of my time a year to community service, and having the title of pre-teen illinois 2004 traveling across the country representing our state. I have a 3.7 gpa. If i was emancipate I already have consent from my friend and his parents parent to allow me to live with them for a small, easily payable fee. I would like to know anyones thought, feelings, suggestions on the matter, and how i would go about getting an emancipation, if one could be granted in this situation.