Does the judge consider what our children want?

Children's wishes may count in a court's decision. The law says that when a child is "of sufficient age and capacity to reason," a judge must consider what the child wants. The judge decides when a child has reached this stage. And, the judge is required only to consider, although not necessarily to follow, what the child says. Once in a while, a court may decide to appoint a lawyer to represent the child. In such a case, both parents are charged for lawyer's fees according to their abilities to pay.