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    Question Washington Emancipation And Pregnancy At 16

    Hello. My name is Rose. I live in Washington state, and I am fifteen years old, and just two months ago my boyfriend and I found out I was pregnant. It was not in our plans at all, but we know we had made a mistake, and have to step up to what we need to do. There was no way we were going to kill the baby, we both do not believe in abortion, and we know that we can be great parents, although we are young. I live with my parents, and I will be sixteen by the time I have the baby. My mom and I get along very rarely. But my dad and I, never get along. My mom knows how his behavior is affecting me, and she lets it happen. He calls me names, and throws things. He has depression, and is an alcoholic. He also has a history in his entire family of alcohol abuse, and other drug abuse. He has major anger issues. Lately, since my parents have found out that I was pregnant, I can say the littlest thing such as "well thats rude" or "dumb" and my dad will flip out on me, calling me a "ungrateful little bitch" telling me that my face "makes him nautious". When I went into the kitchen to get some food, my dad tells me not to get into "his" food. That he will take it all out of here if I dont get out of it. Im pregnant I need food. And when I start crying because it hurts me, both my parents will tell me "STOP ****ING CRYING, your stressing yourself out, your gonna hurt your baby". My parents demand respect, and I tell them that I am a person, and I need respect also, and my dad just laughs, and tells me I am fifteen years old. Like a fifteen year old does not deserve respect. I have called a Domestic Violence hotline, but they did not let me describe my parents in detail and did not give me the chance to explain anything after I said I was 15 years old. She said that it is just intuition to feel that my parents are trying to cause me to have a misscarraige, but I honestly believe it. I have lately been trying to just ignore the rude comments they say to me, because I do not want to cause any more stress than I already have so that I do not hurt my baby in any way. I am rarely allowed out of the house, and I have only been able to see my baby's father twice since they found out, which was christmas and christmas eve. But I do not believe that once I have this baby, it will be a safe environment for me, or the baby to raise him in their home. I am not sure how I can go about getting emancipated since I know my parents will dissagree, but I do have family members that will help me and have seen my parents being abusive. I am willing to do anything from now on to live a happy life and be a good mom. Will the court allow this kind of abuse to be a reason that I get emancipated, seeing that he has never actually physically abused me? I want the best for my baby and living with my parents is not at all the best. I am worried about being denied emancipation.
    Thank you so much.

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    Default Re: Washington Emancipation And Pregnancy At 16

    No, they will not consider that a good reason for a pregnant teenager who does not have any evident means of support to be emancipated. You don't need to worry about being denied emancipation. You can rest assured, emancipation WILL be denied.

    It may be that they will consider it reasons to put you into foster care or to live with a relative, however.

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    Default Re: Washington Emancipation And Pregnancy At 16

    Abuse is cause to contact CPS not for emancipation as cbg has explained. However I would ask how old is your BF (The Father)? Your 15 and pregnant and age of consent in your State is 16!

    Call CPS at 1-800-4-A-CHILD

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    Default Re: Washington Emancipation And Pregnancy At 16

    My boyfriend is 18, that is what I am worried about. He is being completely supportive of this though, and helping so much. My parents also like him and dont want nothing to happen to him.

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    Okay, if I am not able to get emancipated, then what steps would I be able to take to be able to live with a family member? Because I have one in mind who has already asked me if I would live there instead.
    Thank you so much for taking your time to read and reply to this, I really appreciate it.

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    Default Re: Washington Emancipation And Pregnancy At 16

    And my plans were to be emancipated after I had the baby, which would be when I am 16, and would have a job for a while now.

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    you say your parents are horrible, but then you said they like your 18 year old boyfriend and do not want him in trouble. They must not be that terrible to have not thrown him in jail

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    Default Re: Washington Emancipation And Pregnancy At 16

    Quote Quoting RoseMarie
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    Okay, if I am not able to get emancipated, then what steps would I be able to take to be able to live with a family member? Because I have one in mind who has already asked me if I would live there instead.
    Thank you so much for taking your time to read and reply to this, I really appreciate it.
    If your parents permit you to move in with the family member you have in mind, then that is fine.

    If you are being abused, you have been advised in a previous thread as to what you can do.

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    And my plans were to be emancipated after I had the baby, which would be when I am 16, and would have a job for a while now.
    To petition for emancipation in Washington, the statutes require:

    13.64.010. Declaration of emancipation.

    Any minor who is sixteen years of age or older and who is a resident of this state may petition in the superior court for a declaration of emancipation.


    13.64.020. Petition for emancipation -- Filing fees.

    (1) A petition for emancipation shall be signed and verified by the petitioner, and shall include the following information: (a) The full name of the petitioner, the petitioner's birthdate, and the state and county of birth; (b) a certified copy of the petitioner's birth certificate; (c) the name and last known address of the petitioner's parent or parents, guardian, or custodian; (d) the petitioner's present address, and length of residence at that address; (e) a declaration by the petitioner indicating that he or she has the ability to manage his or her financial affairs, including any supporting information; and (f) a declaration by the petitioner indicating that he or she has the ability to manage his or her personal, social, educational, and nonfinancial affairs, including any supporting information.
    (2) Fees for this section are set under RCW 36.18.014.


    13.64.030. Service of petition -- Notice -- Date of hearing.

    The petitioner shall serve a copy of the filed petition and notice of hearing on the petitioner's parent or parents, guardian, or custodian at least fifteen days before the emancipation hearing. No summons shall be required. Service shall be waived if proof is made to the court that the address of the parent or parents, guardian, or custodian is unavailable or unascertainable. The petitioner shall also serve notice of the hearing on the department if the petitioner is subject to dependency disposition order under RCW 13.34.130. The hearing shall be held no later than sixty days after the date on which the petition is filed.


    13.64.040. Hearing on petition.

    (1) The hearing on the petition shall be before a judicial officer, sitting without a jury. Prior to the presentation of proof the judicial officer shall determine whether: (a) The petitioning minor understands the consequences of the petition regarding his or her legal rights and responsibilities; (b) a guardian ad litem should be appointed to investigate the allegations of the petition and file a report with the court.

    (2) For the purposes of this section, the term "judicial officer" means: (a) A judge; (b) a superior court commissioner of a unified family court if the county operates a unified family court; or (c) any superior court commissioner if the county does not operate a unified family court. The term does not include a judge pro tempore.


    13.64.050. Emancipation decree -- Certified copy -- Notation of emancipated status.

    (1) The court shall grant the petition for emancipation, except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, if the petitioner proves the following facts by clear and convincing evidence: (a) That the petitioner is sixteen years of age or older; (b) that the petitioner is a resident of the state; (c) that the petitioner has the ability to manage his or her financial affairs; and (d) that the petitioner has the ability to manage his or her personal, social, educational, and nonfinancial affairs.

    (2) A parent, guardian, custodian, or in the case of a dependent minor, the department, may oppose the petition for emancipation. The court shall deny the petition unless it finds, by clear and convincing evidence, that denial of the grant of emancipation would be detrimental to the interests of the minor.

    (3) Upon entry of a decree of emancipation by the court the petitioner shall be given a certified copy of the decree. The decree shall instruct the petitioner to obtain a Washington driver's license or a Washington identification card and direct the department of licensing make a notation of the emancipated status on the license or identification card.


    13.64.060. Power and capacity of emancipated minor.

    (1) An emancipated minor shall be considered to have the power and capacity of an adult, except as provided in subsection (2) of this section. A minor shall be considered emancipated for the purposes of, but not limited to:

    (a) The termination of parental obligations of financial support, care, supervision, and any other obligation the parent may have by virtue of the parent-child relationship, including obligations imposed because of marital dissolution;

    (b) The right to sue or be sued in his or her own name;

    (c) The right to retain his or her own earnings;

    (d) The right to establish a separate residence or domicile;

    (e) The right to enter into nonvoidable contracts;

    (f) The right to act autonomously, and with the power and capacity of an adult, in all business relationships, including but not limited to property transactions;

    (g) The right to work, and earn a living, subject only to the health and safety regulations designed to protect those under age of majority regardless of their legal status; and

    (h) The right to give informed consent for receiving health care services.

    (2) An emancipated minor shall not be considered an adult for: (a) The purposes of the adult criminal laws of the state unless the decline of jurisdiction procedures contained in RCW 13.40.110 are used or the minor is tried in criminal court pursuant to *RCW 13.04.030(1)(e)(iv); (b) the criminal laws of the state when the emancipated minor is a victim and the age of the victim is an element of the offense; or (c) those specific constitutional and statutory age requirements regarding voting, use of alcoholic beverages, possession of firearms, and other health and safety regulations relevant to the minor because of the minor's age.


    13.64.070. Declaration of emancipation - Voidable.

    A declaration of emancipation obtained by fraud is voidable. The voiding of any such declaration shall not affect any obligations, rights, or interests that arose during the period the declaration was in effect.


    13.64.080. Forms to initiate petition of emancipation.

    The office of the administrator for the courts shall prepare and distribute to the county court clerks appropriate forms for minors seeking to initiate a petition of emancipation.
    Emancipation is rare and is not easily obtained.

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