In Rhode Island, the preference of a child to visit with a parent is only one factor that the Court will consider when establishing a visitation schedule.  There is no set age when a child can decide not to visit with the other parent; when determining visitation, the Court will ultimately have to decide what is in the best interest of the child.

While there is no set age for a child to decide not to visit with one parent or to change a visitation schedule, the Court may consider the child’ s preference.  In doing so the Court will consider the child’s age, maturity and reasons provided for wanting or not wanting to visit with a particular parent.

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