My question involves juvenile law in the State of: Utah
My best friend is 17 1/2 and looking to get emancipated. Her parents recently found out she had sex and they are requiring her, against her will, to graduate from high school early (she is a junior), after which she will be kicked out. She turns 18 in September but would like to be emancipated before then so she can attend her senior year starting in August.
She is working on getting a recording of her parents telling her to graduate early and that she'll be kicked out afterwards. She wants to use this as evidence towards her emancipation. She is currently only making about $200 a month but is trying to find another job so she will be more financially stable. She also has over $1,000 in savings. She will not start the emancipation process until she is making more money, as we know she will be rejected if she isn't making more. She has found a place to rent for $200 a month so if she gets another job she will have enough for the rent, as well as food and other expenses. Her personal $1,000+ savings will be saved for possible medical expenses and emergencies.
Her biggest reason for wanting to be emancipated is to attend her senior year of high school, she has been working towards a certain scholarship but if she doesn't complete 4 years of high school she will not receive it. This scholarship will save her a lot of money long-term. Going to college will be extremely difficult financially without the scholarship. Also, it is a legal right to attend public school until the age of 18 so technically speaking, her parents can't legally stop her from going but they will forcibly stop her. Emancipation seems to be the only route to allow her the right to attend high school this fall.
Anyway, she is really mature and well spoken. We think she has a really good case for getting emancipated but want to get other people's input on how it could be stronger and what the process will really look like. We are hoping to get the paperwork started next month.