Thursday, July 5, 2012
How to Disown a relative
Knowing that disowning a relative is not always easy, certainly not as simple as divorcing a spouse. Although divorce is never easy and brings with it its own set of issues and problem, it is harder to disown another member of your family who is causing you trouble or heartache. Prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for a battle. To disown a relative, no matter if it is figuratively or in a court of law, is going to be traumatic.
1.Make a decision to separate yourself from the source of the strife and you should be prepared for the consequences. Whether it is a parent (if you are an adult), a sibling, a cousin, aunt or uncle, put as much distance between you as possible. If you can't move physically away from them, at least limit the amount of time you must spend with them. Just because you are in the same family doesn't mean you have to be with them at every birthday, family picnic or other events, try to forget every thing about them. If you are not ready to completely sever all ties, then settle for seeing them once a year during the holiday season.
2.Call an attorney and file a restraining order to make your position clear when you disown a relative. If the relationship is especially toxic and you feel threatened, pressured and exploited a restraining order will serve notice legally to the relative that you never want to contact them.
3.Go to a judge in a court of law in order to request that "emancipation" be filed if you have a rebellious teenager causing your life to be miserable. It is hard to disown a relative who is your own child, but when you have tried everything and nothing has worked, maybe that teenager needs to be on their own. Check with an attorney for the specifics on laws in your state. The age at which emancipation is possible for a youth may vary from state to state, but is usually around age 17.
What is required:
Money for lawyer.
Courage to Accept consequences.
Courage to actually go through with it.
Depends on your age