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Can a 7-year-old decide if his father should have visitation rights if his mother has full custody?

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2015-07-14 16:05:07
2015-07-14 16:05:07

Seven-year-olds do not make decisions as to custody, that is the responsibility of the judge. A child of that age might be asked his opinion, especially if he has been reluctant in the past to visit his father (to rule out child abuse, etc.) but it is more likely the judge will be able to make a decision without his help.

If the father has court ordered visitation then you have to comply with that. If you do not, then Mom can be held in contempt of court. If there is a legitimate reason why the child does not want to go, then you need to petition the court to change the visitation order. Be aware that courts do not like to deny parents the right to visit/bond/maintain a relationship with their children and will not do so without a VERY, VERY compelling reason.

• According to various law websites, while a child may not be able to make the decision at age 7, his/her opinion is still valid and should be allowed to be heard in the courts. If your 7-year-old is saying he/she does not want to go and has a decent reason why then you chould file for modification of visitation and demand your child be able to speak.

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