Raleigh, NC asked in Family Law and Child Custody for North Carolina

Q: I’m 16 and I want to know if I can choose which parent I want to stay with

Nun of my parents have custody over me but I want to move in with my mom but my dads telling me no what do I do could I just move in with my mom and I live in North Carolina

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Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser
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  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Jacksonville, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: At 16 you are still a child and technically are not competent to make decisions like that. However, realistically as long as no one makes a stink about it yes, you could in essence choose. Even if someone were to make a stink and it did go to court, at 16, most Judges would like to at least know what you prefer. So you likely would have some input. Best of luck.

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