My question involves emancipation laws for the State of: Colorado.
I'm sixteen this December. My mom died two years ago and she was disabled and left us basically nothing to live off of, so my sister, my dad and I were forced to move in with a family friend. A month after my mother died, my dad quit his job and he hardly even supports his children and to this day, still isn't working. The person we moved in with is the one who supports my sister, my dad and I -- my dad is hardly self-sufficient. We're currently living off of TANF, Food Stamps, and the family friend's income which is hardly enough to keep a roof over our heads.
My dad sits at his computer all day, or watches TV, and does nothing useful for anyone. He claims he's "depressed" over my mom's death and that's his excuse for sitting around and doing virtually nothing and not taking care of his own children. The person we are living with has threatened to call Social Services more than once because of my dad's lazy tendencies. He never really does anything unless it benefits himself and he constantly emits a negative attitude and both of those things get in the way of him getting a job and standing on his own two feet. My dad constantly stresses me out because he's unhappy with himself and has, on occasion, told me how much he just wants to kill himself because he has has a bad childhood and he just can't let go of the past and move on. He has, in the past, abused my sister and I, and the only thing that's stopping him from abusing us at the moment is the other person we're living with.
Our roommate is teaching my sister and I to be self-sufficient, never depend on anyone else, and just basically not end up like my dad. This situation has gotten to the point where both our roommate and my aunt are telling me to consider emancipation when I turn 16. I have every intention of getting a job and generating some sort of income for myself as soon as I turn 16. I know my dad like the back of my hand and if I were to get emancipated, he would want nothing to do with me but considering that his name isn't even on the lease for our townhome, he has no power whatsoever to throw me out on the streets and our roommate's already promised me that if I were to get emancipated, he would ensure that I had a place to call home.
So my question is, would I be able to get emancipated?