Kaley two or more children under the age

Kaley McFeronDale English 2B-7 1/29/18Rough Draft: The Injustice of Children of Divorce In two-thousand and twelve, twenty-one point seven percent of divorces in the state of Texas affected one child. In two-thousand and twelve, twenty-three point nine percent of divorces affected two or more children under the age of eighteen. Yet for some odd reason, the state of Texas will only allow children over the age of twelve  to speak to a judge and have their points considered in custody cases. This is an injustice towards children under this age cap and needs to be desperately altered. Even though a judge needs a reliable opinion to make rulings in cases, children who are cognitively able to differ right from wrong should be allowed to have their opinions be taken to a judge and considered in the court of law. Adults and even parents alike would argue that a child under the age of twelve is not mentally developed enough to give a testimony and tell a judge which parent they would like to stay with. However, in Chapter 8: ETHICS of “Learning wrong from Right.”  notes from CUNY state that children can determine right or wrong at as early of an age as age seven. That is a whole five years under the state requirement. Even then, according to MentalHelp.net and the Piaget Theory, that minimum age is smaller at age five, which is a whole seven years under the state age requirement! Children at young ages are already able to tell if a parent is abusive, dangerous, or in most children’s words, “A bad guy.” This argument is completely debunked and is a poor excuse to not let younger children talk to a judge. Even the Bible, a religious text, encourages children, “Do not let others look down on you because you are young.” this quote came from First Timothy four twelve, but our government decides to overlook the basic facts in front of them. Next, some would try to argue to point that children would be too scared to go against their parental figures. Again, this can be debunked. When I was eight years old, my biological father wanted to take me during the summer for six weeks and have fifty/fifty custody. Even though I was young and highly impressionable, I was able to tell myself and him, “I don’t want to go.” During the entire duration of this ordeal and eventual court case, at times my eight year old self was more calm than my own mother. Had it not been for me finally standing up to my biological father, I would currently be in a complete different place in my life. This just proves that children, even though susceptible to certain opinions, can still make their own decisions and not coward in fear at challenges laid before them. Meaning, when children are given a comfortable space, they are completely capable at communicating their wishes, regardless of what influence a parent might have on them. Finally, most politicians argue that children are prone to stretch the truth and make their parents out to be worse than they appear. However, when it comes to custody cases the parents actually aim the allegations at each other than the actual children. According to the LA Times, “VOCAL members say false allegations of child abuse are being used by one parent against another to win custody of children during bitter divorce wars.”