When Can A Child Decide Who He Or She Will Live With in Texas?
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Under the Texas family law code, a child at least 12 years of age may seek to have a conference with the judge. The child’s attorney can file a motion to confer with the child. The court shall interview the child upon that party’s request or application. The judge will interview the child for the purpose of determining that child’s preferences as to custody or which parent should have the exclusive right to designate the primary residence of that child. The court can also interview the child on its own motion. The same rules apply as to the determination of the child’s desires to possession, access, and other issues involved. The court always has the final say on these issues. The result of the interview does not affect the judge’s discretion in determining the best interests of the child.
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