Giving children a say in child custody matters

If your children are young and you are going through the divorce process, you and your spouse or the courts are expected to come up with a custody plan that is best for them. If your children are a little older and in a place where they can really express their wishes regarding with whom they wish to live, they may have a say in the process. If you want to allow your child to have a say in child custody matters, you may need help to get a Washington family court judge on board if your soon-to-be ex does not agree.

Not all states are open to considering a child’s wishes when it comes to child custody. Luckily, here it is possible. The courts in Washington understand that children are people with feelings and thoughts that should not be ignored. The problem is determining when those thoughts and feelings should be considered.

In order to determine if a child should have a say in the process, a judge will look at a number of factors. These include the child’s age, his or her maturity level, his or her ability to understand the consequences of the decision. In many cases, the courts will wait until a child is a teenager to consider his or her opinion about custody; however, it may be possible for a younger child to have a voice on the matter if the court feels he or she is ready to.

If you want your child to have a say and he or she is still on the younger side, it may take a lot to get the judge on board. With the assistance of legal counsel, your position can be heard, as may the position of your child. To learn how a Washington-based family law attorney can help you and your child achieve the child custody arrangements you both desire, please take a moment and visit our firm’s website.

Contact Us

Please fill out the form below and one of our attorneys will contact you.

!
!
!

Office Location

Choose a location to review

Law Office of Robert N. Getz, P.S. locations:

Ratings & Reviews

  • lawyers
    5.0/5.0

    Robert Getz is a standup guy; straightforward; he's fair and honest. Robert gives advise to his clients as if he were in your shoes. He has the best interest of his clients in mind and goes to bat to ensure things are carried out in the m...
    Show More

    — Client

  • lawyers
    5.0/5.0

    Robert Getz was very intelligent in his handling of the complexities of my family law case. Unraveling the layers of deception that previous lawyers had found insurmountable. Robert was able to bring a truthful resolution to a case that spa...
    Show More

    — Client

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Robert Getz is a standup guy; straightforward; he's fair and honest. Robert gives advise to his clients as if he were in your shoes. He has the best interest of his clients in mind and goes to bat to ensure things are carried out in the m...
    Show More

    — B D

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Mr. Getz, Ms. Ferrier, and the rest of the team have been excellent for my family’s needs. I appreciate the straightforward, professional representation and timely responses. Mr. Getz is also the most fair billing family law attorney I’ve e...
    Show More

    — Bambie Fontana

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Attorney Getz and Amy made this visiteasy to understand and they answered all the questions that my friends had.I recommend them to anyone who needs an attorney they're awesome Thank you

    — Carol Coker