The court will not consider the children’s wishes until they are age 14 or older. However, the judge is not required to follow their preferences. What a child wants is only one of several criteria the court must consider.
Deciding custody is not a popularity contest and judges are aware that children in this age category are often prone to favor the parent that disciplines them the least.
For More Information:
- Divorce Law in Plain English
- Your Initial Office Consultation
- Our Non-Court Approach
- 6 Divorce Law Myth Busters
- 9 Things to Consider at the Start of Your Divorce
- Grounds for Divorce (The Scoop on No-Fault)
- Child Support
- Spousal Support (Alimony / Maintenance)
- Dividing Your Property
- Litigation (Going to Court)
- Family Law and Kids – Child Custody and Visitation
- Cooperative Divorce Law
- Collaborative Divorce Law
- Divorce Mediation
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