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A: We have both been in your shoes, as far as having a stepfather in the picture. Most kids won’t find a stepparent to be the perfect choice for their lives. However, there are things that both he and your son can do to at least keep the peace around the house. That’s another column.
As far as being emancipated goes, this is what we know:
· Young adults must be at least 16.
· Young adults must be living on their own.
· Young adults must be employed and able to support themselves.
· An attorney is required, which means it must go through the court system, which means there will be fees attached to this service.
Most kids will think this seems like a great idea — to be on their own and not have to answer to anyone. Once they do the legwork, they find they don’t have the resources to pay for rent, utility bills, gas, food, attorney fees, etc., so it becomes very short-lived.
It’s no pleasure trip to be caught where you are. Why not let them try to work this out and get out of the middle? Honest communication can be a wonderful thing.
Mediation is one thing, but since you have an interest in both parties, it is difficult and hard on you. We feel your pain.
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