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Old 01-29-2019, 10:19 PM
 
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I am 16. My parents and I have not been getting along. They are emotionally abuse and I don't feel comfortable at home anymore. I am working through getting emancipated right now and I had a phone that I bought with my own money and was paying for myself, my parents didn't know I had it. When they found out about it they took it away. I was wondering if this is legal? Do I own that or are they allowed to take it because I am a minor and not emancipated yet?
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Old 01-30-2019, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Warren County and loving it!
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That is a really good question. I would suggest asking someone familiar with your laws in your area.

That said, at 16, you are going to butt heads with your parents. It’s to be expected. Have you tried having a serious talk with them? I’m sorry you’re going through trying times with them.
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Old 02-03-2019, 07:16 AM
 
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If your in the process of being emancipated, I imagine that you have a lawyer. Ask your lawyer. Is it a phone that you bought with money that you earned yourself? Keep proof of purchase and all the bills that you paid and show that to your lawyer or who is working with you for the emancipation, they would be the ones who can help you with that. Good luck!
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Old 02-04-2019, 09:07 AM
 
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I think yes...your parents are allowed to take your phone.
They are responsible for you, and can do what they feel is in your best interests...whether you agree with it or not.
Most 16 year olds don't always agree with the way their parents control them...but it is what it is...a few more years and you can do whatever and whenever you want.
Just concentrate on your schoolin so when you graduate you can go on to do just that....good luck.
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Old Today, 03:23 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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I think yes...your parents are allowed to take your phone.
They are responsible for you, and can do what they feel is in your best interests...whether you agree with it or not.
Most 16 year olds don't always agree with the way their parents control them...but it is what it is...a few more years and you can do whatever and whenever you want.
Just concentrate on your schoolin so when you graduate you can go on to do just that....good luck.
If s/he isn't emancipated the parents can make it difficult to get a higher education by refusing to cooperate on FAFSA. I worked with a high school age kid whose parents weren't around (one deceased and one deserted) and it was a major challenge for them to get any financial aid and admission to university. If OP's situation is dire then pursuing emancipation might be the better option.
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