This is in Texas:
My almost 17 year old son has been told that when he turns 17 that his father, primary custodian, will have him emancipated and kicked out of the house. Can a child be emancipated if both parents (divorced, different residences) don't agree?
I've read that if the child wishes for emancipation they have to prove they are financially able to take care of themselves... does the same apply if the parent wants them out?
If so, how is the child protected from being kicked out?
As his mother, I will take him in, but I suspect the emancipation issue is to make sure the father is not responsible for child support.
Another question: I have him this summer and would like to put him in a rehab. Our divorce decrees states that medical treatment must be agreed upon by both parents. His dad won't support putting our son in rehab, in part due to costs and in part because he would have to 'deal' with his own issues. If I put him in (which means me signing all the paperwork) will I be financially responsible because his father won't agree to any fees?
His father is more interested in his new girlfriend, doesn't follow up on our son who isn't attending school so is failing, our son is perpetually grounded for this and other issues such as sneaking out at night and doing drugs. However, the grounding doesn't work because our son can sneak out, do what he wants during the day, etc.
I have placed our son in rehab, therapy, etc. But all my efforts have been negated by his dad's enabling.
Our son is a gentle soul and isn't combative, just very sneaky and enjoys the freedom's his dad's house offers. He has no job and it appears he'll be losing his driver's license due to state laws and failing grades.
Of course, as in all stories, there is so much more background. I hope I've supplied enough for a reasonable response without over-sharing.