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Childrens Wishes - A Custody Case

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We received the following letter.  Our reply says it all.

 

Dear Netlaw,

 

My ex husband has custody of our 3 children aged 13 and a half, 11 year old and 12 year old. I would like to know at what age she can make a choice of whom she wishes to live with?

 

Please help.           Debbie

 

Good morning,

 

With these childrens' ages their views will certainly be taken into account.  A lawyer will be appointed to represent the children and that lawyer MUST ascertain accurately the wishes of the children.  

 

There has been quite a major shift in placing more emphasis on the wishes of the children since the new Care of Children Act 2004 came into force.   Of course, there are exceptions.  If the custodial

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