My 16 almost 17 year old son has been out of control. He has no respect for me, dh, or his siblings. He has snuck out of the house to many times to count. He has smoked pot in our house, stolen are alcohol (we later locked it all up when we found out), sneaking girls to fool around with, and even stole money from us. About a week ago he left without telling us. DH and I discussed what we needed to do. We decided that if he wants us to treat him like an adult (let him do whatever he wants whenever he wants to) he can have adult responsibilities. When he came back from his "vacations" we showed him the emancipation papers. We called a notary person (not sure correct term for them lol) and had him sign and we signed. We filed it the next morning and were seen by a judge later that day. We helped him pack his stuff into his truck and sent him on his way.