Even at 16...

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My son was 16 years old-(2 mos shy of his 17th birthday) when he moved out.
He got back from visiting his grandmother and took his belongings and moved in with his 18 year old girlfriend and her parents. A month later he sends me a text message saying: See you in court, I have a lawyer (that his girlfriends parents paid for) and I'm getting Emancipated. In turn, I took him to court to get him home. He was home for 16 days. When he came home he said, I had ruined his life-they were taking him on a Cruise and if I did not let him become Emancipated, he would find a way. He did not want to make our relationship work, all he wanted to do is live with them. Emancipation day-the judge says to him: At 18 your considered to be an adult, I don't see you being an adult at 30. He got emancipated and moved back with those people. He barely speaks to me or his father but still wants us to pay for things (school lunch etc) I'am sick everyday-

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Jodi - posted on 12/30/2013

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Hang on a minute, I'm confused. You already took your son to court. Your son said if you don't let him be emancipated, he will find a way, and then he convinced you because of his college education....and you agreed. And yet he had already been living with his girlfriend's parents before all of this. And you agreed.

He didn't just move out for no reason with no explanation. As I said, what is the whole story?

Stop paying for his things. That's all I've got. You agreed to emancipate him. You can't now complain that he is living that life, but you can stop enabling it from your own pocket. You DID have the choice to disagree to the arrangement.

Jodi - posted on 12/30/2013

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Ok, kids don't ask to be emancipated for no reason, and judges don't grant it for no reason. There were things that led up to this. How about you tell us the WHOLE story?

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