Divorce brings about many difficult issues that need to be considered. When children are involved, things may become even more complex. Many Arizona couples will be able to come to an agreement regarding child custody, which will be acceptable to both parents and the children involved. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. If you and your partner cannot reach an agreement regarding child custody, the decision may have to be made by a court.
The thought that a person, who knows nothing about your family and especially your children, must make a decision about what is best for them is frightening. It is fortunate that the law allows judges quite a bit of leeway in these decisions. Judges have to consider a number of aspects before deciding if they will consider the opinion of your children and how important they will consider those opinions.
An important aspect is how old your children are and how mature. Generally, a judge will consider your children’s opinion if they can clearly explain what they want and provide the judge with reasons why they have made that choice. Often, judges will either talk to a child or consult with an expert to learn what your child wants and why. When judges decide to talk with your child, it will probably happen in his chamber, apart from both parents.
The judge will take your child’s opinion into consideration, balancing it against a number of other aspects, such as your opinion, that of your partner, and your child’s relationships with other members of the family and siblings. If you are involved in a divorce and cannot reach an agreement about child custody, a consultation with a Mesa divorce attorney may help you find out if it is best to have your children’s opinions taken into consideration. For more information on child custody, follow the link.
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If you are still unsure or have additional questions, our attorneys can help. Call the Law Offices of Janice M. Palmer, P.C. at (480) 820-4771 or toll-free at (888) 352-7725 for a consultation.