A Child's Preference in Custody Proceedings

A contested custody case is often the most challenging experience separating parents will face. Children are far less equipped to handle the emotional stress involved in custody disputes, so many parents try to shelter their children from these issues. However, there are times when a court may consider a child's preference for one custodial parent over the other. This section explains when and how family law judges may take children's custodial wishes into account. Click on your state to learn more.