If your kid is close to or above the age of 14 and you are considering asking for full possession, be sure you have thoroughly researched your state's child custody rules. Children over the age of 14 will be free to choose which parent they want to live with within several states, including California. This is, of course, assuming there is no proof of child abuse by the child's preferred parent.
While many parents believe their child/children should be able to make their own decisions about what is best for them, not all courts agree. In the state of California, for instance, child custody statutes say that a kid over the age of 14 can always choose which parent he or she prefers would rather live with, provided the courts find a said parent to be fit and in the best interest of the child.
While the court will allow a child to choose which parent he or she would rather reside with, the court will typically award parenting time to the parent the child does not live with. In this case, a parenting plan will be required.
The custodial parent will have the right to make all decisions regarding emergencies, medical treatment, as well as all ordinary, day-to-day decisions. The non-custodial parent will still be given access to all of the child's records and will be allowed to participate in decisions regarding religion and education.
In other states, the child custody laws vary but almost always have some clause for children over the age of 14. For more vital information regarding child custody laws in your state, you may want to visit www.josfamilylaw.com or your state's official website and look at their various statutes concerning divorce and child custody.
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