The youth drives. She has been on probation twice for fighting with the custodial parent. Does anything change legally at 16 or 17?
No. Unless the parents agree, the current custody order can only be modified by the court that issued it, upon proff of a material change in circumstances, adverse to the best interest of the child, since the date of the last order and proof that modification is in the best interest of the child. Consult a local attorney to discuss this further.
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From a legal standpoint, a custody modification must take place. From a practical standpoint, it is difficult to prevent a child that old from staying with the other parent. It is a difficult situation. Get a lawyer and file the petition for modification.
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