Where a child lives is one of the hardest decisions made by the court during a divorce.

The state of Georgia has laws that govern when a child has a say.

In Georgia if the child is 14 or older he or she has the right to select the parent they wish to live with. The judge will honor the child’s wish unless the judge determines that is not in the best interest of the child.

If the child has reached the age of 11 but not 14 years, the judge shall consider the opinion of the child in determining which parent shall have custody. The judge shall have complete discretion in making this determination.

The most important thing the parents should do is not put children in the position of having to choose one parent or the other.

Normally, children love both their parents and will do all they can to avoid hurting the feelings of either parent, including telling both parents they want to live with that parent.

Divorce/Family Law