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VIC Can 17-Year-Old Child Leave Home Against Parent's Wishes?

Discussion in 'Family Law Forum' started by KITTY, 25 February 2015.

  1. KITTY

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    Hello. My 17 year old daughter has left home against my wishes to reside with a family I do not know. The father at the other residence has contacted my daughter's school and told the school my daughter resides with them now ( custody of children).

    After a heated conversation with the other parent, I told them they were harbouring my daughter against my wishes and I expected them to send her home to me. They continue to harbour my daughter.

    What are my rights as a parent in the eyes of family law?
     
  2. Sophea

    Sophea Well-Known Member

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    Hi Kitty,

    If a child is 17 years and over, they can leave home and live where they want.

    If a child is under 17 years court orders can be made regarding where they are to live with etc. However if they have decent accommodation, are mentally stable, not on drugs or involved in illegal activities then a court will not intervene. The court will not force any child to return home if there are serious problems at home.
     
  3. KITTY

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    Thank you Sophea

    There are no problems at home, my daughter is well educated . We are stable parents
    there are no issues i.e.. drugs alcohol violence etc.

    Sadly my daughter is messing up her VCE year
     

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