Can Kids Decide Which Parent Gets Child Custody?

This video features Jimmy Vaught, a Family Law attorney based in Texas.

Texas Family Law Attorney Explains

Video Transcript:

Rob Rosenthal:

How much of a say do children in Texas have when it comes to child custody? Let's ask Austin lawyer Jimmy Vaught for this Ask the Lawyers Quick Question.

Jimmy Vaught:

Well in Texas, they can actually, if someone files a motion to confer with the judge in the chambers, a child 12 or older can actually meet with the judge and the judge's office, they can express... They could express what they want to with a judge, but they don't ultimately make the decision and normally what happens is, let's say the judge doesn't have the kid to come in and say who you want to live with. They usually ask the questions, Kind of, how are things at mom's house? How are things at Dad's house? Sorta get some context on those situations, but at the end of the day though, the judge makes a decision in regards to what the child expresses to the judge in the judge's office.

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