Can a 12 year old decide which parent to live with in Texas?
In the state of Texas, a child’s decision cannot be the sole factor in determining which parent the child lives with. When the child reaches the age of 12, upon motion, the court can consider the child’s wishes when it comes to who they will live with.
Can a 12 year old child decide which parent to live with?
We are often contacted by parents asking at what age children can decide for themselves where they will live after a divorce or separation. There are lots of articles on the internet about this, and a good number suggest that at a certain age e.g. 10, 12 or 16, a child can make their own decision. This is not the case.
What are standard visitation rights in Texas?
The presumption in Texas is the Standard Possession Order. For parents who live within 100 miles of each other, the noncustodial parent has visitation: • First, third and fifth weekends of every month. Thursday evenings of each week. Alternating holidays (such as Thanksgiving every other year).
What is an unfit parent in Texas?
By Texas law specifically, an unfit parent is considered anyone who could potentially have a significant and negative impact on a child’s emotional development or physical health. Examples of behavior that could get a parent labeled unfit include neglect, abandonment, or active abuse.
What age can a child leave home to live with other parent?
16 years old
In law, there is no fixed age that determines when a child can express a preference as to where they want to live. However, legally, a child cannot decide who they want to live with until they are 16 years old. Once a child reaches the age of 16, they are legally allowed to choose which parent to live with.
What do you do when your child doesn’t want to see their dad?
If your child is refusing visitation with your co-parent due to a reason that directly concerns their safety, bring this to the attention of your attorney or other legal professionals immediately. If the reason does not directly impact their safety or well-being, your child should attend visitations.