Legal Question in Family Law in Florida

Can a child 17 yrs old decide he wants to live with another parent even if the other parent has primary custody without going through the courts

Asked on 10/07/13, 9:55 pm

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John Smitten Carey and Leisure
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10/08/13, 3:02 am
Robert McCall Law Office of Robert McCall
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Under Florida rules the child, any age, has the same rights of any dog or cat. Parents make decisions, not children.

If both parents agree then they can sign a stipulation.

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10/08/13, 5:50 am
Gregory Buckley Gregory T. Buckley, Attorney at Law
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While a court may allow a 17 year old to testify as to a preference of where to live, if the parent with primary custody is opposed, it will be a difficult process.

If both parents agree to the change, they are going to want to put it in writing so that there are not any misunderstandings later.

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10/08/13, 6:24 am

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