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Question: Question i will be 13 in august of this year.My mom and dad have joint custody of me.I go to my dads in the summer.When can i decide what i want.I don't want to go to my dads in the summer i want to stay with my mom but he won't let me.?
There is no law in Arizona that states when the child turns 14 he/she may change their visitation rights. According to Arizona law (A.R.S. § 25-403), when parents are awared joint custody, they are required to give the judge a written "parenting plan" that includes the schedule of when you will visit each parent, and how they are going to propose changes to the plan. If a method of changing your schedule was not in your parent's "parenting plan" to the judge, your parents must write a request to the judge to change your visitation schedule. This sounds like a lot of work for your parents just to get permission to see you, but the purpose is to make sure you are getting what is best for you.
Talk to your parents about your schedule, and ask them what they think would be in your best interest. If you still want more specific advice about your situation, call the Arizona Children's Law Center at 602-258-3434 x 266.