My daughter's 17 & 1/2 she recently got arrested for marijuana & I later discovered MOUNDS of pot in her room /car so I grounded her & took the keys to her car (titled in HER name) she then ran away to her Dad's in S.L.C. where she can to do whatever she wants. They both tell me she is not coming back and this wknd when I wasn't home my ex & our daughter entered my property w/o permission & removed all of the items in her room that I had furnished for her. We DO have court ordered custody arrangements but my ex doesn't care. My question: Her being 17 & 1/2 in Utah what are my options in regards to my daughter being "a.w o.l." ? Also is it worth doing anything at all about my custodial rights /my ex's continual acts in contempt of court orders (ugh we've settled out of court so very many times already)? What if my ex wants to stop paying child support due to our child now living solely w/him (against my wishes /custodial rights PLUS he's always hidden his increasing income to avoid paying me properly)? We do currently utilize O.R.S.
If they broke into your home and stole your personal property, you can report that to the police.
You do not say in what state to you have the custody order. Since you have a custody order, you can enforce the custody order since he is not abiding by it through the court contempt powers.
Lastly, if she has criminal charges pending, it my be a violation of her bond or bail to relocate without the courts permission.
You should speak with a local family law attorney where your case is pending. The attorney should be able to help you enforce the orders and you may be awarded you attorney fees because you had to enforce your ex's compliance. Many attorneys have free initial consultations and you would be able to figure out what is the best course of action and what you can do.
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Well, it is all up to you as to what you want to do. You say you "settled" many times. That may be part of the problem.
However, as the custodial parent, you are responsible for her and her actions.
Based on what you say, you could go back to court, have the ex held in contempt, and have the child returned.
The best thing you can do is get with an experienced family law attorney who handles actual litigation to review your facts and documents.
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