Can a 15 year old choose which parent to live with if it’s joint custody?
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"Can a 15 year old choose which parent to live with if it’s joint custody?" Anybody of any age can choose. The actual question is whether the person can carry out the person's choice.
Legally, being a minor, you live where the court has ordered that you live.
The statutes in WA do provide that the courts may consider the residential preference of a child. However, the court has no legal duty to give the child's opinion any consideration.
What your mother can do is ask the court to change the parenting plan for you.
Your mother will need to convince the court that there is a substantial change in your situation and that changing your placement is in your best interest.
To get the court to listen to your opinion, your mother likely needs to ask the court to appoint a guardian ad litem for you or to have a mental health counselor talk with you. Some professional will need to talk with you and come to a conclusion that living with your mother is best for you.
Your mother can review the specific facts with her attorney to find out her legal options.
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