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Published: Friday, Feb. 1 2013 7:50 p.m. MST

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Flashback
Kearns, UT

They ought to lower the age to 12.

yuvgot2bkidding
Salt Lake, Utah

Two things, 1) a child should not be forced at any age to choose between his/her parents. The responsibility for time sharing should be placed on parents who, post divorce, may need to 'grow up' and make a mature decision that allows the child to spend time with both parents instead of acting like children in a sand box who can't share, 2) I can't believe I'm on the same side of this issue as the Eagle Forum. I guess there is good in all.

JKR
Holladay, UT

Of course the wife doesn't want 50/50 joint physical custody, regardless of the child's wishes. (BTW, way to go kid, insisting on fairness and equal time with each of your parents.) That would reduce or even eliminate her child support and reduce her control over the situation. My ex had the same view, only worse, taking away overnights and limiting my time with my young daughter as much as possible, all to protect her child support. This case and bill show exactly what is wrong with child custody -- it's inherently unfair and often leads to destructive power struggles. The standard should be 50/50 shared custody when 2 fit parents are involved, with no move-aways allowed. There should be NO gender preferences for child custody.

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