My ex wife and I share legal joint and physical custody. Does my teenager have to come to my place?
3 attorney answers
It sounds like you have a significant parenting time issue. You believe alienation is occurring and the other parent does not support the court ordered schedule. The other parent likely believes the 14 year old can make such decisions. Regardless of who is correct, you have a practical issue with a maturing child who refuses to obey.
You should seek to mediate the issue. A child should not be able to dictate parenting schedules though, as they mature, they bite with their feet and their desires are considered strongly. Perhaps therapy is in order.
Your 14 year old is court ordered to come to your home. Since your divorce was just granted last month, you can do a 6 month review hearing with the judge and the judge can give the other parent a "pep talk" about following the court order.
I agree with counsel. This a potentially difficult situation; you may need to mediate and possibly a motion hearing.
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