I'm turning 15 in two weeks. My parents got divorced when I was 9. It started out where I lived with my dad every other weekend and with my mom the rest of the time. My dad convinced me to live with him every other week, and when I did, I regretted it. I won't go into detail, but since then I have become more emotionally unstable. Last year, in January 2014, we tried getting it back to how it was when I was 9; every other weekend at my dads. The judge said no & agreed to every other weekend and two days during the week. My mom & I have been fighting for custody with her for almost 3 years, but the judges say mental abuse is nothing major, and they don't believe what my mom & I tell them because my dad lies to them. Can I chose where to live?
It still requires the parents to agree or have a trial on the issue. The minor children are only heard from by the GAL, who is not required to make that testimony to the court.
GAL's represent the best interest of the child, not the child themselves.
So, rarely do the kids actually have a day in court. But if they do it would be the absolute last hearing/trial.
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The earlier posts are correct. The ultimate choice does not belong to the minor. If there is a guardian ad litem in your case you can tell the guardian ad litem but you position does not govern how things will turn out.
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