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Clare, Family Solicitor
Category: Family Law
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Experience:  I have been a solicitor in High Street Practise since 1985 and have specialised in Family Law for the last 10 years
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My step son has been living with s mom last 6 years since s

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My step son has been living with his mom for the last 6 years since his mom and dad separated and consequently divorced.
He is now 16 years old, he has been staying with us for the last week due to problems at home with his mom, he is unhappy living with his mom and has decided that he wants to move in with us, and live with us and no longer with his mom due to the arguments and being unhappy there.
His mom has said that he is not allowed to do this as he is only 16 not 18.
where do we stand legally with this, can he now decide to leave his moms house and come and live with us?

Thank you for your question

My name is ***** ***** I shall do my best to help you.

His mother is wrong.

At 16 your step son can decide where he wishes to live and with whom.

Neither the Courts nor the Police will intervene (unless of course you and your partner pose a risk to the child - unlikely i think!)

I hope that this is of assistance - please ask if you need further details

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