I am currently living under my mother's custody, yet my twin and I would really prefer to live with our Father who has joint-custody of us. We are currently 16 turning 17 this May yet we've been physically and mentally abused by our mother ever since our parent's divorce which was back in 2006. Our mother has been arrested once for abusing us because we reported it to CPS back in 2014. Yet after our father has fought for having full-custody at the time of her hearing, the judge decided we would be safer with our mother, even though we had bruises and scars showing her years of abuse. They sent her to therapy in hopes of her changing, but she never did. She still mentally abuses us and would hit us but would try not to leave any evidence of it. Our father has remarried in 2009, and our stepmother has been very nice to us and treats us like if we were her own. Mind you, she has a daughter who is 3 years older than us and we see her as an actual sister. We live in Florida with our mother, my father lives in Texas with our step family.
You are in a very difficult situation. If your mother is continuing her physical abuse, you should report it. You can report it to your teachers who will be required to report it to the authorities. You can ask your Father to see whether he can hire counsel to file a motion for an appointment of an "attorney ad litem" to represent the interests of you and your twin. That is different than a Guardian ad Litem. An attorney ad litem expresses your position (i.e. to move to Texas with your Father) to the court whereas a Guardian is required to express your best interests to the court even if that does not represent the outcome that you as a minor desire. Good luck to both of you.
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