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so, Florida law does not dictate a specific age that a child can decide who they want to live with. However, the court will usually accept the wishes of older children over the wishes of younger children. The main reason is because younger children are often influenced by their parents or by other relatives to choose one over the other. Older children tend to be a bit more independent and also can assess their own needs a little bit better than younger children.
As to your second issue as to whether if the father owes child support, the father will have to pay child support back even if he hasn't seen his child since 2005. in many cases, a non-custodial parent may not ever see their child, but the state will still consider them to be on the hook for any past due child support payments. In your case, if the child is 14 years old and if the father is willing to pay child support, then the father has a good chance to have the child at least spend some time with her him. The father will have to prove that he is going to be able to take care of the child and support the child, but if that's the case, then the court is going to look favorably upon the father in that situation.
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