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At what age can a child legally refuse to see a parent?

Watertown, NY |

My 15 year old son does not want to see his father, does he have to?

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Assuming his reluctance is not because of abuse and/or neglect, NY family courts are not too sympathetic to children refusing to see their non custodial parent. You should also realize that as custodial parent you can be charged with interference with parenting rights (visitation) and this can lead to loss of custody and a switch as to who pays child support.

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Mr. Sarno is licensed to practice law in NJ and NY. His response here is not legal advice and does not create an attorney/ client relationship. The response is in the form of legal education and is intended to provide general information about the matter in question. Many times the questioner may leave out details which would make the reply unsuitable. Mr. Sarno strongly advises the questioner to confer with a local attorney about this issue.

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