Considering The Wishes Of The Child In Custody Decisions

Often, a child's preference regarding child custody comes into play in child custody disputes. Sometimes, a parent or both parents prefer to accommodate a child's wishes. At other times, the court may consider a child's wishes as a criteria component in determining a custody or visitation judgment.

At the Harrisburg law firm of Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC our attorney team has 65 years of combined legal experience and can help you and your child in a broad range of family law legal matters.

Do you have questions regarding your child's rights in a family law or divorce proceeding? Call Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC at 717-827-4074.

How Much Say Does The Child Have?

When deciding on custody, partial custody and visitation arrangements, the court must consider the child's best interests, and will often at least attempt to determine, weigh and consider the child's preference. The weight the court gives to a child's preference varies on several factors, including the child's:

  • Age
  • Intellect
  • Maturity

The older a child gets, the more weight his or her preference will have with the court. In other words, a child's preference may be of little weight when he or she is 12 years old. By the time the child is 16 or 17 years old, considerably more weight will likely given to his or her preference. For more information regarding our firm, juvenile rights law and the rights of your and your child, contact our office.

Contact Us With Questions About Juvenile Rights

If you have questions regarding juvenile rights and family law, contact the Harrisburg law firm of Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC. We accept credit cards, are available for evening and weekend appointments and operate two offices for your convenience. To contact a lawyer, call 717-827-4074.