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by Maria Costa
Title: Consenting Placement
I found your email address on the Divorce Source website. My 12 yr. old son
wants to live with his father. I know my question may be difficult to answer
in a short letter. However, I need to know under what circumstances my ex
could be granted custody. Barring emotional, mental and physical abuse. My
son has reach preteen age and doesn't like his brother, sister or stepfather.
He doesn't like house rules nor the consequences for not obeying them. His
father refuses to discuss the reasons for my sons decision with me and has
hired an attorney to "sue for custody".
Any information or advise you may have would be helpful to me.
A judge might listen to your son at this age - and if he is already
causing so much commotion in your household - why would you want to hold
him with you - when he is trying so hard to go with his father.
If you continue to force him to stay with you - consequences on the rest
of your family could have a long term effect. Let him go to his father
and keep an open door and friendship with him so that if he ever wants to
come back - he will.
Tough times and tough decisions!
Pick up my book "When the Vows Break: Living Through Separation &
Divorce" it will help you with the above questions plus how to join
support groups which you need to do! If you can't find it in your local
bookstore call my toll free number 888-267-3929 PIN #7176.
Maria Costa (Author & Seminar Speaker) A well known certified speaker
and seminar leader, continues to inspire, motivate and challenge people to push their envelopes farther, both before and after experiencing divorce. A graduate of National-Louis University,
with a Masters in Management, Ms. Costa is very active in her community. She
is President of the Board of Directors of the Women's Resource Center, Fredericksburg, VA, President of Hispanic Internal Revenue Employees (HIRE), IRS, Washington Chapter and board member of Professional Women's Network. Be sure to visit Maria Costa's web site
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