Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Recent Famly Law Change: No Written Designation by Child

The Texas Legislature made many revisions to the Texas Family Code during the 81st Legislative Session. Formerly, children age 12 and older could file a written designation stating which parent he or she would prefer to live with. While this preference was not binding on the court, the judge would consider it among other factors. Under the recent changes to the Family Code, if the child wishes to express a preference, the child must speak to the judge in chambers rather than submitting a written designation.