I have joint custody
with my ex husband. He was the primary residential parent when we were divorced (I understand FL laws are now equal 50/50, but this was back in 2007-08). My son was visiting with me for the summer (Philadelphia), and we are supposed to drive down to Florida to return him over the weekend. I will be continuing on to Phoenix, relocating to live with my mom and sister. My son is now refusing to return to his father, has told me that he is 16 and can decide where he wants to live and tell the court and his dad that. He is adamant. His older brother, 20 (US soldier), agrees with him that he would better with me.
JA: Because family law
varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: Case is out of Florida
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?
Customer: not yet. he has just told me tonight that he won't go back
JA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?
Customer: I was laid off in May (had worked the past year in Florida), returned to Philadelphia where I had a place to live and was trying to clear things up here, look for work, etc. My family situation in Phoenix is stable, and I will be going to start a substitute teaching role at the high school in my family's area. So, I will have a safe, stable housing situation for my son and myself, and employment. My goal was to have a chance to start over, re-establish my teaching credentials there (would have done so in Florida, but no family or a place to get on my feet there).