I have sole physical custody (Utah). Now that she has a license, my 16-year old daughter will sometimes leave and go stay at her father's house and refuse to come home.
1. Can she do this? (he is criminal-defense attorney and says she can)
2. His legal residence is in CA but he practices law in Utah and goes back and forth each week. Daughter wants to stay at his home by herself even when he is gone. He says she can. I say she cannot stay there by herself when he is not there because she is still a minor.
3. He has started reducing child support
based on the following: 78B-12-216. Reduction for extended parent-time.
(1) The base child support award shall be:
(a) reduced by 50% for each child for time periods during which the child is with the noncustodial parent by order of the court or by written agreement of the parties for at least 25 of any 30 consecutive days of extended parent-time; or
(b) 25% for each child for time periods during which the child is with the noncustodial parent by order of the court, or by written agreement of the parties for at least 12 of any 30 consecutive days of extended parent-time.
He says the fact that I have texted him that I have tried to work with him/her in letting her stay with him when he is there is a written agreement that allows him to adjust child support each month according to how many nights she stayed at his house.
Can he do that?
This has gone on for two months.
Would appreciate help.