I am 16 and my parents are separated and I don't want to see my dad anymore we have a very bad relationship but there's

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Customer: I am 16 and my parents are separated and I don't want to see my dad anymore we have a very bad relationship but there's a court order for me to see him is there any way to get around it
JA: What steps have you taken? Have you filed any papers in family court?
Customer: yes they have they've been to court a few times but nothing seems to change
JA: Family law varies by state. What state are you in?
Customer: I actually live in Canada, Ontario
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: not really
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Hello! My name is Debra (formerly known as Legal Ease). Thank you for your question. I'm reviewing it now, and will post back again shortly.

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Ok thank you
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Debra, Expert

I am sorry to hear of this difficult situation.

The order is against your mother and not you. At 16 you have an absolute legal right to decide where you will live and where you will visit. You do not have to visit your father.

So long as this is clearly coming from you and not your mother your mother will not be blamed and would not be in contempt of court.

Does that clarify the law?

Please feel free to post back with any follow-up questions you may have. If you don't have any then I hope I have earned a 5 star rating but if you don't feel that I have please don't hesitate to reply back and let me know what more I can do to assist you. Finally, please know that even after you rate me I will be here for you and you can ask follow-up questions if you think of them later on at no further charge of course.

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My family has been to many therapists from the court and I’ve explained my reasoning for not wanting to be around him he makes me scared because of things that have happened in the past yet my mom told me that if I don’t see him the court will be against my mom and that’s the last thing I want to do to her. I have done a lot of research and I know I’m of age to refuse to see him, so Is there anything reason they could say I must see him besides saying that my mom is telling me not to which she isn’t.
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No one can force you to see him. It's not legally or physically possible.

Even if you were younger the police will no drag a teen to see a parent.

As well, because the child protective legislation goes up to 16 only you are free to choose where to live and so that extends to whom you want to see or not. There is actually no way you will be forced so just be adamant and clear.

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Ok thank you so much, one last question by my not going anymore is there anyway my mom could get in trouble, I have a younger sister as well if that changes anything
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As I've said as long as you make it very, very clear this is coming from you, your mom cannot get in trouble. In fact you can help her by saying my mom is doing all she can to get me to go but I am defying her because I will not see my father.

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Ok thank so much this was very helpful
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You are very welcome.

Please be sure to rate me before you leave the site so that I can receive credit for my work.

Thanks and take good care.

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