My daughter is in a Utah residential treatment facility. We are from Florida. She was ordered there by the Florida Juvenile Court
, and the Florida Family Court
ordered her to stay there when I tried to bring her home.
She turns 18 next week. The Florida Family Court judge said that she, the judge, loses jurisdiction when my daughter turns 18, unless proceedings are brought to have her declared incompetent. Ex-wife "might" bring those proceedings if I try to bring daughter home. Daughter is not incompetent, but Family Court Judge will do absolutely nothing that puts the judge at risk of criticism, so if ex-wife says that the moon is made of cheese, and if the moon being made of cheese puts my daughter at risk (or self harm), the judge will find that the moon is made of cheese.
Daughter has said she may want to stay in the facility for two more months, to finish a semester of school and to finish the program. The facility and ex-wife are encouraging her to do that. She may, however, decide she wants to come home. I think that would be best for her.
If when she turns 18 she changes her mind and wants to come home, am I at any legal risk if I bring her home to Florida?
There will be no court order saying that the old court order is gone. I think the facility recognizes she can walk out if she wants, but if it decides it wants another $22000 for two more months, can it simply refuse to release her?