At what age in Alabama can a child decide which parent to live with?
At what age can a child refuse visitation in Minnesota?
There’s no specific age when a child is old enough to have a custodial preference, but it’s somewhat rare for a court to consider the opinion of a child less than seven years old. It’s not unusual for an eight-year-old child to have an opinion that impacts the custody decision.
At what age can a child decide if they want to visit the other parent in Connecticut?
Child Preference in Custody Matters in Connecticut Under Connecticut law, there’s no fixed age at which a court must consider a child’s wishes regarding custody. Still, courts will generally consider the opinion of children aged 13 or older and disregard the opinions of children who are five or younger.
At what age can a child refuse to see their parent?
The court can modify a custody order if (1) the child is at least 12 years of age and expresses a preference of which parent he or she prefers to live with in chambers to the court, and (2) it is in the best interest of the child.
Can a 14 year old be forced to visit a parent?
Most judges understand that once a child reaches their teens (14 /15 /16 /17), it certainly is difficult to force them to visit with a noncustodial parent when they are adamant about not seeing them, but it truly is not the child’s decision.
What do I do if my child doesn’t want to see a parent?
Talk to your child about why they don’t want to go Try to get to the bottom of why your child doesn’t want to spend time or stay with your co-parent. Let your child express their feelings to you without judgment. When it’s your turn to respond, do so with kindness and understanding.
How do you tell a child their dad doesn’t want to see them?
How to Explain an Absent FatherTell the Truth. Don’t Bash Your Child’s Father. Explain That There Are All Kinds of Families. Remind Your Kids That You Love Them. Expect the Questions to Continue.
Do you have to force a child to go with the other parent?
Let’s face it: No one can (or should) force children to visit with their parent if they don’t want to. However, there can be legal ramifications in cooperating with a child’s visitation refusal. Assure your children that both parents love them and that you want them to spend time with their other parent.
What happens when a child doesn’t want to visit the other parent?
In cases where parents can’t agree, a judge will decide visitation and custody based on the child’s best interests. Both parents are bound by the terms of a custody order. If your child refuses to go to visits with the other parent, you could still be on the hook for failing to comply with a custody order.
Can you force a dad to see his child?
The argument of the court was based on the child’s welfare. In the end, courts can force people to do things, but they can’t force people to want to do things. The answer to the question, therefore, must still be: no, the courts cannot force a parent to see a child.
Do I have to force my child to visit his dad?
Some parents have asked me whether they have to “force” their child to visit. Having said that, if you have a family court order that provides for a visitation schedule, then the safest answer is “yes” you must make the child go.
Can a minor choose where they want to live?
Parents often want to know at what age a child can decide whom to live with. The answer is simply: according to the law, eighteen. However, dissolution of marriage statutes provide that the child’s wish as to where s/he will live is a factor to be considered by a court in making a custody decision.
Can my 15 year old choose to live with me?
How old does a child have to be to decide where and with which parent they want to live? As the child gets older, his or her wishes carry more weight. By 15 or 16 if the child is of general maturity and has logical reasons for changing the custody, the court will often abide by the child’s wishes.
Why do parents lose custody?
The following will constitute abusive behavior that will cause a parent to lose custody, if a custody action is brought by the co-parent: Verbal abuse of child or of the co-parent in front of the child. Parental alienation of the co-parent. Physical or emotional abuse of the co-parent in front of child.