Do the wishes of a child have any influence in custody decisions in Georgia?
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In Georgia, the courts will take into consideration the child’s wishes regarding custody, starting out of age 11. Between the ages of 11 and 14, the court will consider those wishes, but it’s not presumptive. At age 14, a child can make what’s called an affidavit of election regarding which parent they want to have primary custody of the child. In the absence of a showing that that election is not in the child’s best interest, it’s typically honored by the court.