My question involves emancipation laws for the State of: Oregon
I'm 17 years old and live in washington county. I have a plan to attend college (& pay for college), I am a senior in high school with good grades(graduating one semister before my class), I have a full time job with an income of $1200+ per month depending on my commission checks (I work in sales). I have had this job for 17 months and have worked my way up the company and I am now assistant manager. I have a full monthly budget completed & I have the form for emancipation. I even have the apartment picked out that I would want to move into. I'm just wondering what my chances are of being emancipated? I keep hearing that it's extremely difficult and almost impossible. I pay for my car payment, gas, oil changes, tires ect. I pay for all my own clothing. I pay my own phone bill & get myself to work and school on time everyday. I have several employees at my work including a corprate manager, regional manger & my manger who will write letters to the court on my behalf regarding my maturity and responsibility. I also have two teachers at my school who will write letters to the court on my behalf regarding my education. I also have a family friend of 9 years and parent of my best friend who is willing to write a letter on my behalf regarding my mother's behavior and my maturity.
Me and my mom have butted heads ever since I was 13. She used to try to be a good parent but her and my step dad have had problems for years and she seems to have lost sight of being a parent. She used to drink and do drugs but even though shes clean now it seems the effects of the partying are coming through now. She's emotionaly abusive & I have family members who would vouch for that. She has extreme mood swings and crazy thoughts. My step dad makes me feel extremely unwanted & tells me to get out all the time that there is no reason for me to be there anymore. I'm not sure wether or not my mom would protest the emancipation but I know abuse is wrong and there is no reason for me to be subjected to it everyday.
I can afford a lawyer but I don't want to obtain one unless I absolutely have to. I wanted to spend my saved money on college not a lawyer :) haha.
Please just give me any advice you have on making my case stronger & if you believe it would be possible to get emancipated from my mother. Also wether or not obtaining a lawyer would be a good decision.