Social Security, SSI

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Question: My mom wont let me get part of my ssi for myself and wont let me get my own job to support myself and i cant take it qhat can i do?

Answer:

The Arizona Legislature passed a law that went into effect on August 12, 2005 that allows minors to be emancipated. The law can be found at A.R.S. §§ 12-2451 through 12-2456. However, emancipation is a very difficult process that few are eligible for.

Youth can be emancipated if they meet the following criteria:

•At least 16
•An Arizona resident
•Financially self-sufficient
•Acknowledges in writing that they have read and understand the rights and obligations of emancipation
•Not a ward of the court or in the state’s custody.
 
Minor must demonstrate to the court the ability to:

•Manage financial, personal and social affairs.
•Live wholly independent of parent or guardian.
•Obtain or maintain health care, education, training or employment.

Basis for Court decision:

•Potential risks and consequences of emancipation.
•The wishes of the minor.
•Opinions and recommendations of the minor’s parents or guardian.
•Financial resources of the minor and the minor’s ability to be financially self-sufficient.
•The employment, education and criminal history of the minor.

Rights of Emancipated Minors -- An emancipated minor is entitled to:

•Enter a contract.
•Sue and be sued.
•Buy and sell real property.
•Establish legal residence.
•Pay child support.
•Incur debts.
•Apply for social services.
•Obtain a job-related license.
•Apply for school.
•Apply for loans.
•Access medical treatment and records.
•Consent to medical treatment.
•A driver's license or non-operating license with the words: Emancipated Minor.

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