With a child, going through a divorce can be difficult. However, if that’s what you have to do, then most people will find a way to get through the situation successfully.
Your main concern is with the health and happiness of your child. Every state has its own rules regarding custody and visitation, which you should be sure to learn more about. Louisiana is part of the states who have adopted the Uniform Child Custody Act, giving the state the ability to recognize custody orders from other states and jurisdictions.
Will your child’s wishes be heard in court in Louisiana?
Yes, like in many other states across the country, a child does have a right to have their wishes considered in court. For example, if you have a 14-year-old daughter who is uncomfortable living with her father’s new family, she may ask the court to place her in your home instead. Barring any unusual circumstances, that fair request may be heard and granted.
In most cases, a child’s wishes will be considered by the age of 11 onward. Although a judge will hear what they have to say, it doesn’t mean that the child’s wishes will be the outcome of the custody case. It is still the judge’s position that the child’s best interests have to be put first, even if that means that their wishes are not granted by the court.
Our site has more information on divorce and custody. Know where you stand, so that you can prepare statements and know what to expect when you go to custody hearings.