Hello all... I'm not sure if some will remember me, but I last posted here back on April 10th.... For a recap: My 18yr old had come home from college last Oct. due to depression and smoking pot. Layed around for a few months and then had sort of an emotional breakdown in March; we had to call crisis. They only kept him for 4hrs and he was allowed back home with-some restrictions. The stipulation was that he HAD to go to counseling, which he started in March and just ended in August. In between this time, his father (my ex- we were never married) filed to emancipate my son, which would mean he does not want to continue to pay child support. I hired a lawyer to show that my son had emotional problems (and a history of it before and during high school), which caused the break in him NOT going to college. In my state, just because you are 18 does NOT mean child support stops: you have to show just cause why the child cannot support himself on his own. Also, if the child is in school, the father can still be ordered to pay support. In any case, we had a hearing in late May, the judge wanted a psychiatric. evaluation for my son. Well, the place my son was going said just two short weeks ago that my son is "fine" and sees no reason why he should not be able to support himself. HUH?!? This lady only saw him ONCE and she can make that decision on someone who had a substance abuse problem?? She wrote an evaluation, but it's NOT in my favor. Before you ask me to take my son somewhere else, I cannot. The judge wants the evaluation from the place my son had counseling. So...I cannot take him to another psychiatric doctor., so I will lose the case. The only other saving grace is if my son registers for community college full time. He was accepted, but has yet taken the placement test and the first session starts next week. I can't motivate him to do it. He is working right now p/t and has had the job for a month. Alot of you on here had suggested that my ex cannot emancipate him and to sue for court costs, etc. I tried to do that and lost that battle as well. I cannot even recoup my court fees (over $3K, which my now-husband paid for me). The court system stinks and now I will loose child support when the hearing takes place in late Sept. For a man to NOT have any contact with his child and to drag me to court multiple times, l(HE initiatied this court case) ive in a different state and not care. and last saw his child almost 4yrs ago (court ordered) -- I can't believe he will win this. I guess it's God's will. I have paid for counsleing, food, clothing for this kid and I'm the one stuck. Wow..life stinks.