Can I Choose Where To Live?FamilyCan I Choose Where To Live?<div class="ExternalClass4C01A33A47444071A1B6327DE72FDF2C"><p>​<span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4">I'm going to be 16 in less than a month. I currently live with my dad but I don't like it here. Can I chose where I wanna live? </span><br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass9F51FD5D55D54D219D8D2A35A4E6C1EA"><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4">Thank you for contacting Your Life Your Voice.  It isn't easy to reach out, but we are glad you did.  You indicate that you are not happy living with your dad.  The question regarding whether you can choose where to live is not necessarily an easy one to answer.  It depends on your circumstances. </span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4">If your father has sole custody of you, then he can determine where you live.  He can give you permission for you to live elsewhere, but if he is not okay with it then there is a problem.  If your mother is involved in your life, and there is  joint custody, then you may be able to live with her.  But it depends on the custody agreement.   Also, depending on the situation, there may be to have court involvement to change your living situation.  </span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4">Another option is to talk to your father about what you don't like about living with him.  Try to have an honest conversation and see if you can work through the problems you are experiencing with him.  We encourage open communication, and try to be as open-minded as possible.  Aside from talking about the problems, try to set aside some regular time with your dad to do fun things together.  This could help you to build a better relationship with him, making your time at home more pleasant.<br></span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4">We want you to know that we are here for you.<br></span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4">Nancy, counselor</span><br></p></div>15

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