Thursday, May 12, 2016
CHILD CUSTODY - WHEN CHILDREN BECOME TEENAGERS
Matter of Solomon v Mellion 2016 NY Slip Op 01190 Decided on February 17, 2016 Appellate Division, Second Department:
"Here, considering the totality of the circumstances, including the express wishes of the child, who was 15 years old when the Family Court conducted an in camera interview of him, there is a sound and substantial basis in the record for the determination that it was in the child's best interests to grant the father's petition to modify the provisions of a judgment of divorce so as to award him sole custody of the child (see Matter of McVey v Barnett, 107 AD3d 808, 809)."
The Family Court order was December 2014. It may be assumed that by the time this decision was issued, the child was anywhere from 17-18.