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IS THERE A CERTAIN AGE IN VA THAT A CHILD MAY DECIDE TO LIVE

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IS THERE A CERTAIN AGE IN VA THAT A CHILD MAY DECIDE TO LIVE WITH THE OTHER PARENT AND WILL THE JUDGE TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION WHAT IS IN THE CHILDS BEST INTEREST AND NOT JUST THEIR WISH.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Family Law Answers replied 8 years ago.

Hi and thanks for your question.

 

The age at which the court would begin to consider a child's preference is 12-13, but the court would consider what maturity the child was who is stating a preference. The child's wishes are the not the final decision about custody/visitation issues - although the court may consider the child's preference, the court will consider all factors that it deems relevant to what is in the best interest of the child.

 

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Thanks so much for your help.
Expert:  Family Law Answers replied 8 years ago.
You're welcome. I'm glad I could help. Happy New Year.

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