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Unfortunately, a person under 18 is considered a minor child and does not get to decide as to which parent she would reside and the only way to get the custody / residency modified is if the non-custodial parent (father) files petition with the court that had ordered child custody in the first place to modify custody /residency and the court orders change or residency after review.
The good news is, when person turns 18, then the person gets to decide where to live, however, if the minor child refuses to go back to the custodial parent, then such child can be declared a runaway and can in fact be detained by the police and police can force the child to move back with the residential parent.
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