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MY CHILD NO LONGER WANTS TO VISIT THE OTHER PARENT. AT WHAT AGE CAN A CHILD CHOOSE TO STOP VISITING THE NONCUSTODIAL PARENT?

Many divorced parents find that as their children become older and develop their own interests that they no longer want to visit their noncustodial parent or maintain the visitation schedule as ordered in the divorce decree. These parents wonder if either parent and/or the court can force the child to continue visitation with the noncustodial parent if the child has elected not to do so. They also inquire at what age can a child choose not to visit with the noncustodial parent or maintain the court-ordered visitation schedule. Under Georgia law, a child age 14 years or older can elect not to visit with the noncustodial parent; however, the judge does have supervisory power over the child's election. This means that the court will take the child's election not to visit with the noncustodial parent, along with the best interests of the child, into consideration in determining whether the child will continue visitation with the noncustodial parent. Therefore, children less than 14 years of age are not able to choose not to visit with the noncustodial parent under Georgia law. Further, even upon a child reaching the age of 14 years, the age at which his/her desires concerning visitation will be recognized by the court, the judge still has the power to decide whether it is in the child's best interests to continue or discontinue visitation. If you have questions regarding divorce, child custody and/or visitation rights, contact The Douglasville Family and Divorce Attorneys at (770) 485-6620.

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