In the state of Georgia, when parents are going through a child custody matter, they often wonder if their children can choose which parent they want to live with. Generally speaking, if the children are below the age of 14, the family court will make a ruling that is in the children's best interests.
However, once children reach the age of 14, this will change as judges will allow children to voice their preferences. At the age of 14, the judge will assume that the child can say what is in his or her best interests and the judge will allow the child to choose. The only time this will not be the case is when the judge can clearly see that, despite what the child may say, one parent is not fit to serve as custodian.
Child custody matters are always very difficult for all parties involved. For this reason, it is to your advantage to seek help from a Gwinnett County family law attorney when you are dealing with child custody issues. Contact the Law Office of Douglas N. Fox today to speak with a family lawyer.