The Choice No Child Wants to Make

Sometimes divorcing parents try to influence their teenagers' decisions about which parent they would prefer to live with. While this may be done with the best intentions, it places the teens in a very tough position. On the other hand, some children do have strong preferences. If so, they will be given the opportunity to inform the judge how they feel about custody decisions. This may be done by talking with a social worker, who may conduct an interview with each child as part of making a report to be filed in court. In other cases, the judge will talk to children of divorce in chambers. Otherwise, the more difficult way involves children being called to testify in court.