Q: My ex has custody of my teen child and is failing to provide food and a safe home for him. Can he choose to live me?
My child has provided evidence to me showing unsafe living conditions. My child routinely has to ask me for money for basic needs despite me paying child support to the other parent. My child is now expressing he wants to live in my home because he feels completely unsafe. I do not want to take this issue to court if there's no chance of me being able to get custody of my child as I'm afraid my ex will retaliate and not allow me visitation with him. Do I have a fighting chance in family court and what are my rights as a non-custodial parent during proceedings?
A: You’ll need to file a motion for change of residence in your divorce case. The Court will consider the child’s input but the judge has the final say on where the child resides.
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