From what I see in the local papers/ websites, somewhere around age 12-14 the child custody judge will start having a private meeting with the kid away from either parent to get the kids input. Younger than 12, they won't. There have been some fights where the mom wants the judge to do that for a 9 year old but it is pretty clear the mo has set the kid up. The judge can appoint a neutral like referee to watch for the younger kids interests.<quoted text>
I agree. From what I understand, though, in FL the kids don't have a lot of say so.
Apparently some enterprising people have started a "no mans zone" where the kids can be dropped off and picked up, and communication between the parents goes through the service, not sure about the child support. Sounds like the custody version of PayPal, but there is a market for the services.
If you want to read how bad it can get, Google Dwayne Wade divorce custody. Although he plays in Miami , he is from Chicago as is his ex so it is in the Chicago papers on a regular basis. One of her stunts is that whenever she had to send the kids to him for visitation, she would take them to an ER claiming they were sick. She lost custody and still fights.