Custody Burnout 101

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Custody Burnout 101

by Carolyn Mirabile, Partner and Family Law Attorney at Weber Gallagher

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Your child is 16 and just doesn’t want to follow the custody schedule they have been Ordered to do for the past 6 years. Your 16-year-old is in high school, wants to go to football games, dances and have sleepovers. The noncustodial parent believes their 16-year-old isn’t coming over on Fridays because the custodial parent has convinced the child not to go there. This may be a case of Custody Burnout. Parents often assume if a child has been ordered to follow a custody schedule, the schedule must be followed until they are 18 and have graduated from high school. This isn’t always the case. Most often as the child gets older, learns to drive, and is involved in more activities they want some independence. Sometimes a noncustodial parent may have to give their child a little freedom as they navigate their semi-adult world. But don’t confuse custody burnout for a parent who may be interfering with custody or a situation where the child is in distress. These are different issues which should be addressed by a Court.