I have full custody of my child and have been his primary caregiver for 16 years, we were never married His dad has decided to file for custody as he wants our child to live with him. The child is torn he has his friends here and a good school he actively participates in sports and helps umpire little league occasionally. My son seems torn and unsure. Dad filed for custody anyway and filed in his county of residance. My child and I have not lived in that same county as his dad in 12 years. we have never been to court for custody I did bring him to court 14 years ago for child support in the same county as dad is now because that is where I lived at the time and because dad was not willing to pay without being forced.
You can ask the court to change the venue of his petition to Columbia County, where you live. It will be up to the court to determine whether to grant your application. Further, your son's wishes will be a factor in a court's ultimate determination as to whether he lives with his father or not. You should consult with qualified counsel before your court date.
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As the prior answer suggests, you would need to request the venue of your case to be changed. Generally, the court will grant the request to ransfer the case to the county where the child resides as this will be most convenient for the child to have contact with his attorney, etc.
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