I am a 17 year old girl. I want to get emancipated from my mother so bad. My father is dead, and she gets an awful lot of Social Security money from that and I've heard from her friends that she spent all of the survivor benefits money she got when he died. According to her, we are in a horrible financial situation. She has threatened to sell the house and make us live in a cardboard box.
I work in a pharmacy for a living and she is constantly taking my money and supposedly using it for bills, yet she always seems to have money to get her hair/nails done or to buy cigarettes, but not food for me and my younger brother.
My brother is always doing things that are emotionally and physically harmful to me, such as throwing things at me, hitting me with things, threatening to kill me, and at one point he threatened me with a knife. He is a lot bigger than me and I don't feel safe being at home alone with him. The saddest part is that my mom lets him get away with all of these things, including cussing and swearing at her and bossing both of us around.
I have often considered moving in with my boyfriend, who has his own apartment and is pretty well off financially. I get a decent paycheck and actually I made more money than my mom did at her job for a while.
I have considered trying to get emancipated before, however I need to know three things: 1) If I can even get emancipated in the first place 2) How much money it would cost, seeing as how I have none, and 3) How long this would take because I don't want it to take so long that I turn 18 before it's finished.