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Can My Child Pick A Custodial Parent?

Deciding where the kids will live can be one of the most emotionally trying parts of a divorce case. The Courts make decisions that are in the best interests of the kids, but this does not always match what the parents feel is best. In too many cases the kids are put in the middle, and used as pawns. Emotions can run high during a divorce, and that makes it difficult for some people to separate their feelings from what is best for their family. When a child wants to pick a custodial parent, it is best to take a step back and evaluate the needs of your kids and how those needs can best be met.

Parenting plans are put in place with the rights of both parents being considered. The Court will listen to kids, when it is age appropriate to do so. If a child expresses a preference, the Court will look at the maturity level of the child and certain other factors. Some of these factors include how well the parents get along and communicate the ability of each parent to provide a stable home for the kids, the geographic distance between parents and how the distance impacts visitation, and any other factors that are unique to the case.

We are experienced in helping people figure out questions about custody and can help you too. We understand that the Judge needs to hear your side of the story, and the facts that support your requests. With your input, we will develop the facts and present them in a light that is most favorable to your position. The best interests of your child are not only on the mind of the Court, but also ours. We work for results that are satisfactory, but that also make sense for you and your children.

For more information about divorce and custody, call a knowledgeable family law attorney for answers to your questions. We can be reached online at Call today to schedule an appointment.