Change of Custody: Can Your Teen Refuse to Live with You?

Change of Custody: Can Your Teen Refuse to Live with You?

Change of Custody: Can Your Teen Refuse to Live with You?Teenagers May Choose Where They Live

Raising teenagers is challenging for most parents, but after couples divorce their teenage children may demand to live with the other parent

Parents often feel rejected if their teen doesn’t want to live with them anymore, but rest assured it’s more common than you might think,.

If this happens, a family law attorney can request a modification to your family’s child custody agreement. However, in some cases, a parent may wish to put the brakes on changes to a joint custody arrangement if there are safety issues at the other parent’s home.

First, it’s wise to find out what prompted your teen to make their decision.

  • A teenager may want to live with the other parent because they don’t get along with a parent’s new spouse or partner.
  • The living arrangement of siblings or non-siblings may also affect a teen’s decision to change custody.
  • Sometimes it comes down to the fact that some boys just want to be close to dad and some girls are closer to mom.
  • Also, one parent may be stricter or more demanding than the other parent.
  • Domestic violence or abuse may play a role.
  • Still other teens who have spent their childhood going back and forth between two homes may just wish to stay in one place.
  • Also, the proximity of your teenager’s friends or relatives may play a role in their decision.

Custody Decisions in California

Parents who are unable to agree on custody arrangements usually rely on California courts to determine the best living arrangements for children. There are a number of factors the judge must consider to decide custody such as:

  • A parent’s history of caregiving for the child
  • A parent’s ability to care for children
  • Stability in each parent’s home
  • The health and safety of the child
  • A parent’s history relating to abuse or domestic violence
  • Drugs or alcohol use or abuse by either parent
  • The parent’s likelihood of encouraging a relationship between the child and their other parent
  • Are there any false allegations of abuse against? Often this is done to gain a litigation advantage
  • Where are the child’s siblings living?
  • The child’s preference
  • Other factors that may affect the child’s welfare. (Cal. Fam. Code § 3011.)

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You can learn more about child custody matters and changes to custody by speaking with an experienced family law attorney at Johnson Family Law Group.

Attorney Melissa Wheeler handles all types of child custody agreements, divorce and spousal support matters.

Whether parents need to create a new agreement or enforce one that is already in place, Melissa Wheeler can help you find solutions for you and your former spouse that ensures all parties involved are taken care of. Please call our firm today at Phone: 949-942-8784 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.



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