Unfortunately, until you are legally an adult and taking care of yourself, your decisions in matters such as where you will live are not controlling.
If your father seeks to have the court modify custody, most courts will listen to you and give significant weight to your wishes. However, your father needs to step up and actually seek the change and even then your wishes are not determinative if there are other reasons for the Court to enter different orders.
Fortunately, the one constant in life is change. Whatever happens, your current situation is, in the long run, temporary and one way or another you will move on.
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Mr. Harkess is correct. Despite the fact that you are close to reaching the age of majority, you do not have an automatic right to make the decision of who to live with. However, most courts will listen to a child of your age and, unless your decision does not have a logical basis, will side with you and your reasons. The only problem is that your biological father would need to initiate the proceedings and they could be costly and take a long time. Have you had a heart to heart with your mother and your father to see if they would just agree on a change of residence?
I agree with the others. You cannot choose until you are 18 years old.
Your biological father can file a motion to modify the parenting time orders which would allow you to live with him rather than your mother and step father, but this will take time. Given that you are already 17, by the time a hearing could be held on the matter, you would be so close to 18, it's probably not worth the effort.
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