My child says he doesn’t want to go to his father’s anymore. How old does he have to be to legally make his own choice?

Question:

My child says he doesn’t want to go to his father’s anymore. How old does he have to be to legally make his own choice?

Answer:

In most states there is no set child decision age, but many times a judge will listen to the child when making custody decisions. You should also listen to your child and understand why he does not want to return to his father’s. If he is in danger due to neglect, abuse, or illegal activity then you should contact an attorney immediately and get the ball rolling on your case. Also, if any activity such as this is going on, you should document it by taking photographs, and by finding witnesses who would be willing to testify in court.

Regardless of the urgency or cause of your situation you should contact a lawyer in your state that specializes in family law. They will know and understand the laws of your state and be able to legally counsel you on your situation.

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