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Do Children Have A Say In California Child Custody Arrangements?

No one enters a marriage thinking it will end in divorce. That unfortunately often becomes a reality. A divorce is a tough time for all who are involved, especially when kids are involved. Each parent contributes to the well being of their child. While one parent might be the primary caregiver, the other parent might be the financial provider. Each of these positions is essential in raising a happy and healthy child. Sometimes help from a great attorney is just as important to your personal happiness and health. Do not go through this divorce alone. Having an attorney to represent you is critical. The courts will have a better understanding of your views and contributions once your lawyer builds your case. You should  avoid costly mistakes by allowing our professionals to protect your rights and advocate for the best interest of children.

At what point does the court take the requests of children in mind? A child might prefer the notion of living with one parent or the other after a divorce. But is it healthy or fair to include the child in an often painful and ugly divorce? Divorce cases tend to be very emotional, especially for the children. Should a child witness the anger and oftentimes cruel behavior of their parents during these family law trials? The answer is only “sometimes.”

A Child’s Rights

The state of California has a lot of laws in place to protect the interest of children during a divorce. The court aims to let the child to receive financial support from both parents and provide joint custody unless this is not an option. It is the responsibility of the parents and the court to choose the best interest of children and ensure they are getting adequate support in a stable environment after the divorce. 

Children of course love their parents. They want to make their parents happy with them. But this becomes difficult when kids are in the middle of a messy divorce. Parents oftentimes have disagreements determining custody, child support and visitation,. These changes are already confusing enough for children, but forcing them to choose sides only causes them unnecessary guilt and stress.California laws are very careful to obtain the information they need without further harming the child.

At what age could the child speak for himself/herself?

While no law permits the child to decide their custody status, many California courts believe  fourteen years of age is old enough to express themselves and the reasons why they would prefer one parent over the other. But the courts also take into consideration that the teenage years are often challenging and a child might display bad behavior to cope with a divorce.

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What if the young child wants to live with one parent over the other?

In a case where a child is young, the courts need to intervene. Children usually function on emotion. They might say they want to live with one parent instead of the other for reasons that have everything to do with the parents and not a lot to do with the child. 

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