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The mother (who is my daughter) originally promised the boy that he would not have to move if he chose not to, and that he could live with my wife and me. She subsequently changed her mind. Her main reason for changing her mind seems to be that she is worried that years down the road, he will harbor anger towards her for "abandoning him" and "breaking up the family." There are two other siblings involved -- his 9 year old and 12 year old sisters. They seem to be ok with moving; however, the 17 year old boy does not want to move.
While my wife and I certainly see the logic of not breaking up the family, we side with the boy in terms of the overall picture. Our daughter is aware of our position on the matter.