Can You Force An 18-Year-Old Who Is Not Emancipated To Follow The Custody Schedule?
|Wednesday, 25 July 2012 00:00|
My son is 18 years old and will be considered emancipated in a few months. My ex-wife allows him to live in her vacation home unsupervised and it has led to a lot of problems, e.g. a DUI, property destruction, etc.
Even though he is 18 and legally an adult, since he is not considered emancipated can I force him to honor our parenting time schedule and have him live with me the majority of the time as the decree states in order to keep him out of trouble?
Since I am only licensed to practice law in Wisconsin, I can only provide you with general divorce help for men to your divorce laws question.
Individuals are not emancipated until they reach a certain age or life event that would justify emancipation.
Child Support:Age of Emancipation In Your State
Once a child is emancipated, the Family Court loses jurisdiction over their person and cannot compel them to exercise any custody schedule. Legally, you do have the right to enforce your parenting time schedule with your 18-year-old son as he is not considered emancipated for another couple months in your state, as your question states.
Practically, however, I wouldn’t recommend spending the time and money with the court system. Chances are, your son will become emancipated before anything substantial is accomplished.
Instead, I recommend approaching this problem as one adult to another. Under the law, he may be able to make his own choices but that doesn’t mean he is making good ones.
If you are concerned about his behavior, try identifying and addressing the root of the conduct. Invoking child custody schedules will not get your far on these issues.
Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult with a divorce lawyer in your jurisdiction.