My 16 year old no longer wants to live with her other parent. I understand she can file a petition to change custody. If the other parent doesn't agree, does the 16 year old have to hire an attorney to get custody changed and what are the 16 year old's chances. Does the change to full custody guarantee sole custody financial support for that child?
Without the parents consent. The child can file for a petition for custody (as can the parent who the child is seeking to live with). If granted, the new custody arrangement could change the financial support obligation that the parents may owe one another.
the 16 year old does not have to hire an attorney, but can do so if, he or she wants.
as for chances, that is very fact specific and could not be answered in this type of forum.
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My office handled cases like this in the past and if done right it can be done very efficiently and with minimal impact to the family. It’s important to know how the Circuit Court for Howard county would want to handle a situation like this and therefore a local attorney may be your best bet.
Under Maryland law a 16-year-old may file a petition to modify custody on his or her own behalf. Is not necessary with the child to hire his or her own attorney but it will be very difficult and it efficient if the child does not have an attorney. Normally the parent who is aligned with what the 16-year-old wants also files for custody and secures representation for the 16-year-old. These cases did not have to go to trial and experienced attorney can help you navigate the courthouse procedure so that it’s not necessary.
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