Q: Can my ex wife force my 16 year old daughter out of her house to come live with me?
My daughter chose to live with my wife full time a few years ago. We had 50/50 custody prior. I want her to come with me but my daughter doesn’t want to move.
A: Depends on what you mean by "force"? Physically? No, of course not. Can she modify the court order regarding custody? Yes.
A: In California, at the age of 16, a minor does not have the legal authority to unilaterally decide where to live. Custody and visitation arrangements are typically determined by court orders. If you wish to modify the custody arrangement and your daughter's mother does not agree, you may need to file a request with the court for a custody modification, and the court will consider the best interests of the child when making a determination.
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