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My son wants to speak to the family court, child protective services but can’t because he is in a teen treatment center.

Q: My son, a 16 year old, 11 month old has been held by a teen treatment center for over 45 days. He wants to leave, live with me and go to a public high school. He basically wants to move on with his Iife. I recently filed for a modification in custody. I believe his Mother wants to keep him there so she can continue to receive $1500 a month in child support as well as 42% of additional child expenses, which she always inflates. The mother and the school district have enrolled him in a day center run by the teen center which would mean greater profits for them. The school district would send tens of thousands of dollars to the outplacement program so my son could be bused two hours during the day in New York Traffic. Basically, my son is a pawn in a sick game. The custody proceeding has been adjourned six weeks from now. My son say’s he has the right to be heard in a court of law. I don’t know what to say to him and I’m only given 10 minutes a day to speak to him. I’m hopeful a law guardian could be appointed soon, but don’t even know if he/she will get access to him. He’s 90 minutes away in another state.

A: Once the Court assigns an Attorney to represent him, the attorney will have the ability to speak with him wherever he is. That said, unless the Court directs a COI report form CPS, I don’t see this as a situation where CPS should be involved. Schedule a consult with a White Plains Family Law attorney for a full assessment.

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