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    Default Is There a Legal Age when a Child Can Say Yes or No to Visitation

    I have two preteens, and a 7yr old. The two older kids keep asking me how old they have to be before they can say whether or not they want to go see the NCP. Is there a set age for all states, any states, or is it pretty much, not til your 18?

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    Default Re: Is There a Legal Age when a Child Can Say Yay or Nay

    18 would be correct

    They don't get to choose.
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    Default Re: Is There a Legal Age when a Child Can Say Yay or Nay

    Wonder why you hear that, "at age 12, they can make up their own mind", so often? It's probably at the beginning of a divorce case, where they can ask the child??

    Thanks for the reply.

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    Default Re: Is There a Legal Age when a Child Can Say Yay or Nay

    In some states, at about 12 or 13, the judge will listen to a child's preference, although that preference is not binding on the judge.

    The right to make a binding choice comes into existance at 18.

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    Default Re: Is There a Legal Age when a Child Can Say Yay or Nay

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    Wonder why you hear that, "at age 12, they can make up their own mind", so often? It's probably at the beginning of a divorce case, where they can ask the child??

    Thanks for the reply.



    You're talking about custody.

    NOT visitation.

    During a custody matter, in many states a child's wishes can be considered.

    There isn't one state in the entire country which allows a 12 year old to choose either where they live, or whether they want to visit the NCP.

    Not one state.
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