Fourteen-year-olds in the midst of parental custody battles could begin having a say in which parent they stay with under a bill headed to Gov. Gary Herbert's desk.
Currently, judges in divorce proceedings can only consider the parental preference of a child age 16 or over. The House unanimously passed SB18 Thursday, which would lower that age to 14.
"This just gives the court added flexibility to take it on a case-by-case basis," said Rep. LaVar Christensen, R-Draper. "In a custody situation, when the court is continually updating its review on what the best interest of that child is, it gives the court [the option] to consider a mature voice, if it's appropriate."