Child will be 13 soon and dad has decided to forfeit visitation until further notice. What do I do?? I find it ridiculous he can have a "selfish phase" whenever he wants, but I'm sitting here fearing "contempt" charges if I don't bring the child down. HELP!!
Child Custody Lawyer
It is a common misperception that children in Wa. state have a right to choose with which parent they want to live -- THAT RIGHT DOES NOT EXIST. Child custody issues are solely within the province of a Judge and the child's parents. Children are never allowed to dictate in Wa. courts as to what they want in domestic relations matters. A child may tell a guardian ad litem or parenting evaluator with whom they would prefer to live, and that evaluator may then advise the court of the same, but the court is not obliged to accede to that request -- children do not have that power in Wa. state. They are subject to the courts order as to what is in their best interest. Somehow, somewhere , the notion that children can choose seeped into the public zeitgeist if you will, but it has never been the law in Wa. that children can choose. It's a good lesson to learn: do not listen to individuals who are not licensed to practice law because as the saying goes -- bad advice is always free.
The information is for general information purposes only. Nothing stated above should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation.
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Divorce / Separation Lawyer
I agree with attorney Hawkins. The court may talk to the child but ultimately the court makes all the custody decisions.
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