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So (teen 13 years old) has no rights to decide if they don't want to be on concerta for ADHD, if parents beleive it is helping? What if one parent (residental home) wants to support the teens right to be off? Is court (mediation) the only option? What if a teen really wants to stop visitation with a parent, would they have to go to court with the other parent to fight that?
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1) So (teen 13 years old) has no rights to decide if they don't want to be on concerta for ADHD, if parents beleive it is helping?

Correct a child has no "power" to decide what is in their best interests. Only the parents or the court can make that decision. If he were emancipated, he may have the right. Emancipation means he is capable of living on his own, unsupported by his family or other people.

2) What if one parent (residental home) wants to support the teens right to be off? Is court (mediation) the only option?

When there is no agreement among the parents, going to court is the only options. Mediation will be attempted to find a resolution, but if there is no solution the judge will be the one deciding. Decisions are made based on what will be in the child's best interests, not in the interests of the parents.

3)What if a teen really wants to stop visitation with a parent, would they have to go to court with the other parent to fight that?

Yes, they would have to go to court. A child has no say since a child cannot be placed in such a position to decide against or for his parents. So if both parents cannot make an agreement, the court decides. To change the parenting arrangment would require showing a "change in circumstances"; meaning the current arrangement is no longer serving the best interest of the child and it is reasonable to ask for visitation to stop. Again the focus would be on the child's best interests.






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