October 20, 2016

Often clients or prospective clients will ask: when does the child's opinion matter to the Court?  When can they decide where they want to live?  Some clients believe the age is twelve or thirteen years old but there is no hard and fast age that the Arizona Courts will then automatically listen to the child's opinion.  

The Court may determine a child is too young to voice their opinion, and/or the court may be concerned about one or both parents having too much influence over the child at their age.  In Pima County, the Court can order that a child be interviewed by the Conciliation Court.  In this interview, a trained professional with the C...

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