As a divorce and child custody attorney at The Blacknall Firm, I know firsthand the importance of the well-being of the child in these types of cases. In Texas, it is within the Judge’s discretion to interview a child in a child custody case.
Child’s Voice in Custody Cases
When representing a client in a child custody case, I may file a motion with the court to request that the Judge interview the child. The interview is mandatory if the child is 12 years old or older.
These interviews allows the Judge to see things from the child’s perspective and allows the child to be heard regarding their living conditions and their preference for whom they would like to live with.
The Interview Process
The Judge will usually set an appointment for the child to be brought to court and will talk to the child alone in the Judge’s chambers. The parents and attorneys will not be present during the interview. This allows the child to feel comfortable and open in sharing their thoughts and feelings.
Transcripts of the Interview
A request for a transcript of the interview can be made, but it is ultimately at the Judge’s discretion to allow it. The transcript can be useful in understanding the child’s perspective and can be used as evidence in the case.
Protecting the Best Interests of the Child
It is important to remember that the ultimate goal in any child custody case is to protect the best interests of the child. As a divorce and child custody attorney, I am committed to ensuring that the child’s voice is heard and their well-being is considered in the process.
At The Blacknall Firm, we understand the sensitive nature of child custody cases and are dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients and their children. If you are facing a child custody case and would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.