My boys are 13 and 11. Their father lives 6 hours away. The boys go to their dads each month, holidays, 6 weeks in summer, spring break, etc. The 13 year old has hated spending time with his dad for four years because of how he is treated when he is with him. They have a lot of unreasonable rules that only apply to the older child. He only has 20 minutes to eat, 3 minutes for a shower, has to sit on his bed for 4 to 5 hours for any violation of their rules.
He is okay going for a weekend, but cries, fights, and begs not to go for the 9 to 21 day visitations. Yet I have to make him go. Everyone I have asked tells me he has to continue visitation until he is 18. Is that true? My friend's 14 yr old son didn't want to go to his dads and the judge said he had to go because it would deny the father a relationship with his son.
My understanding is that children of this age can choose which home to live in, but cannot refuse visitation. Does my son have any options ?
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