Birmingham, AL asked in Child Custody for Alabama

Q: Can a 17 year old go live with mom who has visitation rights? the dad has physical custody. And not be made to go back?

Child lives in Alabama. Child wants to live with mom by choice. Dad is mentally abusive. No child support is paid by either party.

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1 Lawyer Answer

Shane Michael Oncale

Answered
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Licensed in Alabama

A: Any change in custody needs to be properly handled through the court system. Despite what you may hear "on the streets" there is no age at which a child gets to choose where he lives. The court must approve and enter an order effectuating a change.

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