There is no age at which the children have an absolute right to make a decision about either custody or visitation. In order to limit or end visitation, evidence concerning why it should be limited or ended (thus impacting the other parent's legal rights to the child) will have to be presented to the court. The court will look at the best interests of the child, and the parent's rights to have contact with that child. One thing that a court MAY consider in weighing these legal issues is the expressed desire of the child. The court has wide discretion in this matter, but the older and more mature the child, the more likely the court might at leastl consider the child's views.
Often, courts do not give much weight to the desires of children, even teenagers. If the court does take the child's opinions into account, it is generally only after interviewing the child in chambers (outside the courtroom). Generally, if a court considers such expressions of opinion from the child, it is done outside the presence of either parent so that no pressure can be applied even indirectly, and often outside the presence of even the attorneys, so that the children can be assured that their real opinions will not be reported to the parents by the parents' attorneys. Courts do not like putting children in a position of feeling that they need to testify in a certain way to please one or another parent, as this is psychologically unhealthy for the child.
Therefore, if you want to limit or end visitation, you will need to put on evidence regarding the abuse the children have suffered. Since this was not raised prior to the divorce in order to prevent visitation then, the evidence presented will need to be post-divorce abuse in order to be persuasive. If there is a great concern about the safety of the children, it should be raised in an evidentiary hearing prior to the divorce, with a request that visitation be limited or supervised due to safety concerns. Post-divorce, in order to change visitation or custody, there must be a showing of something that has happened since the divorce.
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