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What do I do if the facility says it will not release her? She'll have proof she's 18.
Would it be inappropriate to call the police if they try to keep her? What they might do is to keep her medicine so that she will have to go for some period of time without meds she needs. Can the police do anything? She'd be looking for a quick exit, which is why I ask about the police.
Sorry, one more. I have to pay 100% of the expenses. Although the MSA was ambiguous on that point, the court just ruled that ex-wife doesn't have to pay anything. When daughter turns 18, do I still have to pay, or can I say to ex-wife that if she insists on continued confinement of daughter she will have to pay because I will only pay for treatment that does not include residential treatment?
One person once told me that when the child turns 18 I have no further financial responsibility. Let's assume that the child is not committed; she just wants to go to a facility for any of a number of possible reasons. Am I liable for the cost?
Can you think of any way the ex-wife/mother could manipulate the situation to force the child to stay in Utah and go to some other sort of facility? (The ex-wife/mother here is not only not acting in the best interests of the daughter but is trying her best to hurt the daughter and me, as I have a good relationship with the daughter, and by hurting the daughter she hurts me.)
What does the "arguably" qualifier mean?
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