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Refusal of children to see Father

Joint custody, judicial separation. Do children under sixteen have a right to refuse to go to see their father?

In theory no if there's a cort order regulating access but realistically the courts will never force an older child (say a teenager) who may genuinely not want or need to see their father.

 

The question that arises is why would a child not want to see their father – is there an allegation of abuse? Or perhaps the teenager is just being awkward. 

 

Usually what happens in these cases is that a social worker may be appointed to liaise or even the judge himself or herself will interview the child privately, without the lawyers being present, and try to get to the bottom of the reasons why they are refusing to see the father. 

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