Does The Judge Consider What Our Children Want?

The judge must consider what the child wants if the child is “of sufficient age and capacity to reason.” The judge is not required to follow the child’s wishes. It may be difficult to determine the child’s true wishes if the child has been coached by one or both of the parents. Most often, children don’t want to cause hurt to either parent. The court mediator or other counselor may meet with the child to help convey the child’s real desires.

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