Written by attorney Christine Sue Cook

Do the wishes of a child have any influence in custody/time-sharing decisions in Florida?

The wishes of a child do not have any influence with regard to timesharing in the state of Florida. However, if there has been some type of neglect or abuse, the person seeking to have more timesharing with the child would possibly ask the judge to interview the child him or herself; that's known as an "in camera meeting," which is just a fancy way to say that the judge will meet with the child by him or herself and ask questions that pertain to the best interests of the child statute.

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