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Thesis Statement Adolescents should not have the right to choose which parent they may live with because their maturity levels at the moment are undeveloped and only courts and parents are who to judge what is best for the childIntroductionAdolescents between the ages of twelve and seventeen do not have the maturity level to make the best choice Brains are not fully developedB Adolescents impulsive actions can lead to quick decisionsC Twelve thru seventeen years olds may not have the three areas of measured maturity such as social emotional and intellectual Most of them have one or the other but never all threeCourts have the best interest of the child in mindA Finding the right parent emotional and financially capableB The take the childs view point inconsideration but not always as factC Custodial parent being maternal most of the timeIV Since parents are responsible for their children they would be the ones legally responsible for their actionsA Eighteen is the legal recognized age for adults and most legal documents before that age requires a parent to legally give consentB Parents have lived more than their kids and therefore have more experienceVConclusion Adolescence is a rough time to make any decisions therefore placing adolescents in adults situations such as pressuring them to pick a parent in a divorce case may have lasting emotional effects on the adolescents themselves Therefore adolescents should not have the right to choose which parent they may live with because their maturity level at the moment are undeveloped and only courts and parents are who to judge what is best for the child According to Erik Eriksons the stages of human development for example a young adult is generally a person between the ages of 20 and 40 whereas an adolescent is a person between the ages of 13 and 19
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