At what age do children have the opportunity to choose which parent or family member they would like to live with?

Asked on January 11, 2013 under Family Law, Tennessee


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that, a child cannot choose with which parent to live. It is up to the court to make such a determination, which it will do based on the "best interest" of the child"; any factors are taken into consideration in this regard. However, the older the child, the more weight is given to the child's oreferance by the court.

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