Should children decide their own custody plans?

When divorcing parents begin to negotiate their child custody agreements and parenting plans, they usually call on a variety of legal and psychological experts to determine what is best for their children. But the children, who are arguably affected by the outcome of those negotiations, are usually not consulted. In a recent editorial in the New York Times, marriage and family therapist Ruth Bettelheim says that leaving children out of the¬†child custody¬†discussion often does them a significant disservice. This, she says, is because it is important for children to feel as if they have a say in their lives, and … Continue reading Should children decide their own custody plans?