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    I left the state i live for a few weeks in summer to see my family. i told my dad i only wanted to stay here for a few weeks and he said ok. now that i’m here my dad and grandma are trying to force me to live here. i would rather go absolutely anything then that. my grandma says that i have no right or say on where i get to live, then i said that my mom does.( her and my mom don’t like each other) then she says “your mom has no rights she ********ed up a long time ago” which she didn’t. im only 15 and all i want is to go home. i never wanted to be in this position, i knew i shouldn’t have came here. so do i even have a right to chose where i live? does my mom?

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    Hey there,

    Thanks for reaching out and sharing a little bit about what's going on, we know that it takes a lot of courage to do so. It sounds like you are in a sticky situation since your mom, dad, and grandparents are all looking for/possibly share custody. It may be beneficial to speak with a local legal aid group (they often work on a sliding scale or for free) about the rights that you and your mom have regarding her custody over you. If you'd like, you can find a legal aid group near you by going to

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