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You can actually petition the court to grant you emergency temporary custody. If the court believes abuse may be taking place in the mother's household, the court can grant you emergency temporary custody to protect the child from future abuse. Emergency temporary custody orders allow courts to respond quickly by placing the child in another household to ensure the child's safety.A child doesn't actually get to choose which home she lives in. Instead, if the court believes the child is sufficiently mature to express a preference, the court can evaluate that preference in determining which parent the child should reside with. However, at all times, the child's safety takes precedence. The primary focus of the court is to protect the child from danger and abuse.Please remember to click accept so that I will receive credit for my time and effort spent responding to your question. Bonuses are always greatly appreciated.If you need additional clarification of this response, please ask a follow-up question and I will be happy to clarify.Sincerely,T_____________________________________Please click the green Accept Button and leave Positive Feedback so that I receive credit for answering your question. Bonuses are always greatly appreciated. I do not receive any payment at all from JustAnswer unless you click accept. Please remember: Feedback is left for me as an answerer. Please do not shoot the messenger. My control over the content of the answer is limited by the restraint of truth.
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