According to the separation agreement, my 14 and 16 year old daughters should stay one week with their mom and one week

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Customer: Good morning Debra.According to the separation agreement, my 14 and 16 year old daughters should stay one week with their mom and one week with me, however in the last couple of months, on a few occasions the girls were staying with me longer (sometimes two weeks), because they did not want to go back to their Mom's place.Yesterday, Sunday afternoon I have dropped off my 14 and 16 year old, at my ex's house, since this is her week to be with them.They had an altercation in the evening and the girls now they want to come back to my place, but my ex does not allow me to pick them up and she does not allow them to leave her residence.What can I do in such situation, when the girls are telling me that they want to come back to my place?Thank you,
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Well, the 16-year-old can do what she wants. At 16 a child can decide to live wherever they want legally. Her mother cannot stop her.

As well, she cannot physically restrain the 14-year-old. If the 14-year-old is demanding to stay at your house and you go and pick her up there's nothing practically that your the mother can do.

The police will not stop the 14 year old either.

Do you see what I mean?

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I went to the local police station to inquire about what I can do and they advised me against going to her place to pick them up.If I pick up the girls, the ex will definitely call the police and I am sure they will show up at my door steps. Will I get in trouble because of this?
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The police don't want a fight. I suggest you to pick the girls up. I'm not your lawyer but as a mother I would go pick my kids up if this were the situation and they are with their father.

She can call the police and the police will ask the children where they want to go and the children will be able to go wherever they want to go. She can't hold them against their will at those ages. But the children will have to speak up for themselves to the police whether it's at their mothers house or your house if she sends the police over there.

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