No. Only you can ask the court for emancipation.
Your parent or guardian must:
- give you food, clothing, shelter, and any needed health care,
- supervise you, and
- give you a safe place to live,
You are responsible for caring for your child and keeping him/her safe.
You can be charged with child abuse if
- you use drugs or alcohol while pregnant and your baby is born with drug, alcohol, or other problems, or
- you use drugs or alcohol a lot around your young child
There are different ways to prove a man is your child’s legal father:
- he and you were married when the baby was born,
- he signed a Voluntary Declaration of Paternity, and/or
- a DNA test.
Learning about parenting helps all parents. And there are resources in your community for teens who are pregnant or have a child.
If you are not married when the baby is born, the father is not legally recognized as the legal father, unless the mother or father asks a court to declare him the father or the father takes steps to claim and care for the child.
You can ask the court to order the dad to pay child support.
If the birth certificate does not list a father, but you have decided on who is the father, you and the father must sign two forms forms.
Parents who do not agree on important decisions in the child’s life can talk to a counselor who may help you make an agreement.
You can fill out the court forms online at www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp.htm. You can also visit this site for any questions or concerns you may have about the court forms.
You can also get the court forms from your local court clerk’s office.
If the man says he is not the real father, but he missed the 60-day deadline to cancel (rescind) it, he has two years after the baby is born to ask a court to release him from being the legal parent.
If the father does not want to sign the form, you will have to go to court to “establish paternity.” Your local child support agency (LCSA, for short) will help you for free.
If you are married to the baby’s father and you live together, he is automatically the baby’s legal father. Neither of you needs to do anything else.