Do the wishes of a child have any influence in custody time-sharing decisions in Florida?
The wishes of a child should have an impact on the time-sharing schedule ordered by the court. Under the statute, there is a provision in the best interest of the child standard. It's one of the factors that the court should consider when rendering a decision. However, because it is important to the courts that children remain outside of the litigation of their parents, it is very unusual for the court to actually hear from the child. In order for the court to hear from the child or children, there needs to be a motion made and a determination by the court that it is important for them to hear from the child. The court will consider whether or not the child is of sufficient age and maturity to be able to understand the proceedings and be able to articulate it's opinion to the court.