At What Age Can Child Decide Custody?
When a child is old enough to decide their future, he or she can decide who will have custody of his or her possessions. However, this decision doesn’t carry much weight if the child doesn’t seem to understand the situation. In such cases, the judge may listen to the child’s wishes, but the child will have to convince the judge that his or her decision is the right one.
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Preferability of a child 12 or older
If your child is twelve or older, the court will consider his or her preference in determining custody. This is based on the legal standard of the “best interest of the child.” A child who is at least twelve years old is presumed to be of sufficient age to form an informed opinion, and their preference will typically be given more weight than the preferences of a younger child.
There are some exceptions to the general rule. Some states, such as Georgia, do not consider the preference of a child over that of a parent. However, in most other states, the preference of a mature child is taken into account.
Depends on maturity
A child’s preference in custody is a legal consideration that can influence the outcome of a custody case. However, many factors go into determining a child’s preference. These factors include age and maturity. In addition, the child’s preference must be based on good reasons. The courts in Pennsylvania are more likely to consider a child’s preference if it is grounded in sound reasoning.
The age and maturity of the child will determine if the child is old enough to make his or her own decision. In general, a court will look at a pre-adolescent child with suspicion. If the child is in adolescence, the court is likely to give more weight to the child’s preference.
Doesn’t depend on gender
Gender is a complicated and fuzzy concept. While there are some clear-cut gender differences, others are more a function of social and cultural conditioning. While test scores can sometimes suggest differences, it is not always the case. People may be born into a family or culture that encourages gender differences, and this may even have an impact on the way they behave.