Can a child speak to a Judge in private?

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Old Jul 28th, 2007, 03:31 PM   #1
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My 9 year old has decided that she wants to talk to the Judge about her choice in living situations, but she doesn't want to do it in front of anyone (specifically her father) because she doesn't want to hurt anyone feelings in what she has to say. Will they allow it? Will they let her do it prior to our court date for change in child custody?
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Old Jul 28th, 2007, 10:33 PM   #2
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You have hit on just one of the problems with Family Court. The child's attorney usually pipes up opposite what the child says, and the judge goes with that.

However, as in a case of abuse; Family court has become a police state. Judges -Routinely- deny the accused their 6th Amendment right to confront.


People have got to get reporters interested in covering the one court most often used, most often and for the longest period of time.

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Old Jul 30th, 2007, 10:37 AM   #3
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You can ask; the court can allow it or may refuse. It is up to the judge.
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Old Jul 30th, 2007, 02:31 PM   #4
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My 9 year old has decided that she wants to talk to the Judge about her choice in living situations, but she doesn't want to do it in front of anyone (specifically her father) because she doesn't want to hurt anyone feelings in what she has to say. Will they allow it? Will they let her do it prior to our court date for change in child custody?
a judge will not listen to the wishes of a 9 yr old. she can choose whom to live with when she is a legal adult(18)
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Old Jul 31st, 2007, 07:05 PM   #5
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Many states do allow the court to listen--but it is still up to the judge
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Old Aug 1st, 2007, 05:22 PM   #6
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Well, the Judge will talk to children here who are at least 6 years old and can show maturity. So, she will be allowed to talk to him alone, but with both lawyers present. She of course won't have the only say so, but the Judge will listent o what she has to say.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2007, 10:14 PM   #7
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Sometimes...

...many judges allow it many do not...if the state has no exact rule
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Old Aug 3rd, 2007, 10:07 AM   #8
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I am the original poster to this thread...I have spoken with my attorney and the child will be allowed to speak with the Judge privately with both attorneys present. She will be the last one heard at the hearing. Hooray!
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Old Aug 4th, 2007, 10:22 AM   #9
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great news! good luck

let us know what happens?
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