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Back when young ScaryDuck worked in the Dole office rather than simply queuing in it, he had to deal with a claimant brought in by his mum. She did all the talking. He was 40 years old.

Have you had to deal with over-protective parents? Get your Dad to tell us all about it.

(, Thu 10 Sep 2009, 15:13)
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It depends
At the age of 12 she is borderline `Gillick competent' and her wishes, if it went to court would be asked. If she were younger it would be more cut and dried because she'd be too young to make any major decisions about herself.

Your mate should respect her decision, support her but at the same time let her know that his door is open for her at any time, should she decide she wants to live with him. If she's not in any danger, he's doing the right thing. If her mother is as flaky as you say the girl will realise it - it's not his job to badmouth her mother.

It's a crap situation, but there is only so much he can do. I've got several mates in similar situation and may be in it too before too long.

It's hard for your mate, but he's doing the right thing.
(, Mon 14 Sep 2009, 16:50, Reply)

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