I am sixteen years old (Seventeen in December), my parents divorced when I was five years old, after custody battles for years and years, my mother was granted full custody of me. When she started beating me and using drugs I moved in with my father. When I moved in it went from one extreme to the other, I am surrounded by constant stress and emotional abuse, but no physical abuse. Just recently he has started threatening to hit me and calling me names. My sister-in-law is preparing to divorce my stepbrother and wants to take me with her, because she has been living here for the past month or so, and knows about my living conditions. I have the forms to be emancipated, and I just recently got a job, I get very good grades, I'm in honors classes, and many of my teachers tell me that I am mature far beyond my years. I was wondering if I would have to go through both my mother and my father, even though my father doesn't have custody of me. My mother is currently a drug addict who cannot even support herself, and I know that if my request for emancipation gets denied my living conditions will get ten times worse, so I am very worried about moving on with the whole process.
Also -- I am engaged to a twenty-one year old (My father knows nothing about it). We have been together for well over two years -- and I heard somewhere that proof of long-term relationships is helpful for the emancipation process. Is this true?
Thanks for any help.