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my son has lived with me in LEE county Florida 5yrs. his mom lives in Miami Dade county Florida where we got divorced. I never stopped paying her child support even doe my son lives with me.i was just happy to have him. But now she wants to take him back he is enrolled in school and is 16ys.can she take him? Yes, at this moment, since there is a Court Order saying she has custody, she can. However, you can immediately file a motion for temporary custody based on the the facts you have noted and can clearly prove, temporary stay of YOUR child support obligation and start of mom's obligation - all pending a hearing for permanent court ordered modification of Child Custody. Note that if for some strange reason, a judge ordered the child back to the mom, you can move asking for a credit for the 5 years of payments you made to the mom while she failed to take custody of the child, so that you may not have future payments to make. However, back to the offical change in custody to you - it is highly likely, particularly if there is no reason not AND the child himself wishes to stay with you. His desires can be considered by the Judge and at 16, are often conclusive if there is not some big bad factor to the contrary.
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