Do the wishes of a child have any influence in custody decisions in Florida?

Yes, the wishes of a child have some influence on a custody or a parenting determination in Florida. The wishes of a Florida are but one of the many criteria that the court can consider. It depends a lot on the age of the child. It's important to note that we do not want to have children testifying in court. As a matter of fact, the courts really frown upon children testifying in court, but the wishes of a child may very well be made known in the course of a parenting evaluation by a clinical psychologist or other evaluator, and the age of a child has a great deal to do with whether that child's wishes will be considered.

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Carolyn S. Zisser

Highly regarded in marital and family law, Carolyn S. Zisser is a well-respected lecturer and author on family law subjects for the American Bar Association, Florida Bar, Jacksonville Bar Association and private legal seminar companies.