Aaron Carnine Family Law Attorney

Divorce, Parenting, Property, Adoption, Guardianship

INTERVIEW of CHILDREN with JUDGE

INTERVIEW of CHILDREN with JUDGE

In Illinois there is no age at which a child may decide with which parent they shall live. Whether or not the child is able to speak with the judge depends on the maturity of the child and the circumstances of the case.  Effort is made to keep the interview informal and, to the extent possible, not intimidating. The child usually meets with the judge in the judge’s office and both attorneys as well as a court reporter may also be present. The judge conducts the interview and generally the attorneys do not ask questions or can sometimes request the judge ask certain questions. The judge will speak with the child about the child’s likes and dislikes and general concerns and activities with each parent. The testimony of the child is not shared with either parent. The “In-Camera Interview” is only a factor to be considered by the judge in making a custody determination and, by itself alone does not determine a final custodial outcome.

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