At What Age Can A Minor Child Refuse Visitation?

divorce lawyer Andrea JohnsonQuestion:

At what age can a minor child refuse visitation with a parent? My child is not wanting to go to his mother’s house for parenting time.


I am unable to give you legal advice on divorce. I can give general divorce help for men, though, my knowledge is based on Georgia divorce laws where I am licensed to practice.

There is no age, prior to reaching the age of majority, that a child’s desires override the noncustodial parent’s rights to visit with their child(ren).

There are definitely some judges who are more lenient with children, particularly those who drive and/or have tons of extracurricular activities that may occur during the weekends.

In certain circumstances, the judge will acknowledge that a child’s weekends are busy and allow for the child’s participation in other events to determine where that child is during a given weekend.

For example, if a child is a football star and there is an out of town tournament, the judge will likely allow that the child should be at that tournament regardless of whose weekend it is.

However, a parent’s right to see his or her child absolutely is not determined by the desires of the child.

Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult with divorce lawyers for men in your jurisdiction.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, including Atlanta Divorce Lawyer Andrea Johnson, please contact Cordell & Cordell.

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One comment on “At What Age Can A Minor Child Refuse Visitation?

    I went through a divorce, but ignorantly allowed it to go into default regarding custody of my 6 year old child. I have been unemployed for more than a year, I’m trying hard to find work, but im 44 and white. My ex wife has to pay me support because of my lack of income. But I failed to ask for the right of first refusal. I am able to watch my son during the days she works but am being denied because she would rather have ANYONE Else watch him to limit my time with him. it is becoming a major issue because her family is very abusive towards me, I’m been called white trash, loser, and a list of other things in front of my child. When I was married to my child’s mother, I had her arrested for one of the times she hit me. But like an idiot I forgave her and didn’t seek anything against her. All I want is the right to have first refusal, because she is using it as a tool to continue to abuse and control me through my “allowed” time with my son. IS there any help for someone who can’t afford it?? Who never ever hit or abused anyone, but has been on the receiving end of it??

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