My question involves guardianship in the State of: Indiana
I'm 16 and a half years old and I'll be 17 this December. I'm wanting to know if Emancipation is an option for me.
Just yesterday I found out my mom had been abusing nonprescription drugs. She had bought them off someone and I found out because she could barely function all day yesterday. I debated all day on if I should tell my step dad about it or not and I finally decided to. When he got home from work he was going to kick my mom out, make sure she left alone, keep his daughter (my half sister), and make me move to Georgia to live with my dad and he wanted to get a divorce. As of right now he's giving my mom a second chance but the way she talked about the situation she doesn't seem very confident in the whole second chance part and the divorce is still an option at this time.
I don't want to move in with my dad in Georgia because I only have one year left of high school, I have a job here in Indiana, all my friends and my step dad's family (the family I grew up around) is all in Indiana. I wouldn't want to have to start all over in Georgia for only a year because after I graduated I'd just turn around and move back up here, which in the end would be a bunch of waste of time and money.
I've been very independent since I was about eight to ten years old because my mom has a lot of medical conditions and isn't able to do much every day and when I was eight or so my step dad worked out of town a lot. So I had to teach myself how to cook stuff, do dishes, sweep, laundry and take care of my little sister half of the time because my mom wasn't able to and my step dad would've always been out of town. Today everyone just expects me to cook, clean and take care of my sister and if I don't it's like I did something wrong. I'm basically 16 with an 11 year old daughter because I'm the one who makes her dinner, helps with her homework, makes sure she takes a shower and gets in bed on time and wakes up when she's supposed to.
If my mom and step dad were to get a divorce I would like to be able to get emancipated so I wouldn't have to move 8+ hours away from everything and everyone I grew up around. I get my license this coming week (around June 22) and currently I've spent about the last month at my friends house. If I were to get emancipated her house would probably not be my permanent living place because I'd like to get my own apartment, but I do plan on paying her rent for the time I do stay here. An I 100% believe that I'll be fine living on my own because most of my life growing up I had to 'cowboy up' and basically be a really really young mom to my own sister and take care of a whole house because my mom couldn't and still isn't able to.
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