My mom has Custody of My 16 yr old daughter Alabama, I Stacey Coker,live in Spotsylvania,Va. And I have visitation rights. Recently, I was told by my daughter that she is not Happy in Alabama, Because of the kids picking on her at school ,She was also, tired of my mom fussing and yelling at her for trying to express her feeling s and disregarding the way she feels. And,also, My mom involves my sister in all my daughter also My Sister starts yelling at her as well. And,at one point my niece was living with them along with my niece s 3 kids,My 16 yr old,stated that my niece was picking on her as well my niece is 31 yr old, But, My niece has moved out. So, My 16 yr old,( with) me on speaker phone) My daughter stated to my Mom in the room as well, That she was not happy in Alabama and she want to live with me in VIRGINIA and, I listened first hand how my mom wasn't at all concerned about how my daughter felt.
If your mother has legal custody, you will need to go back to the court where that was awarded. There is no instant process, and I recommend you consult with an attorney about your options. If the custody award is from an Alabama court, you will need an attorney in Alabama. If the custody award is from a Virginia court, you will need an attorney in Virginia. If you were represented in the prior proceeding, it might make sense to start with that attorney.
Since your mother has custody, you will have to file a motion to modify the current custody order. What state was the original order entered in, Virginia or Alabama? You need to determine which court to file in. Also since your daughter is 16 the court is likely to consider what she wants. You may be able to do an agreed order, if your mother is willing to agree to the change in custody. You may want to speak with an attorney to determine what your options are. I hope it works out for you. Take care.
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