Q: At what age can children decide on their own if they want to visit the non-custodial parent
There is no specific age, and the language is similar to that of the service statute.
The child cannot be the sole decision-maker in who has custody, but a child of “suitable age and discretion” can have input. The more sophisticated the child and the better the understanding the child has of the situation the more weight, or credibility, The court will give to their testimony. I handle these cases routinely and offer a free phone consultation. If you would like to talk I can be reached at 914-912-1555. Best. Aubrey
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