At what age can a child choose where they want to live?

Asked on August 16, 2015 under Family Law, Tennessee

Answers:

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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

In most jurisdictions a minor cannot choose with which parent they want to live. Although, if they over the age of 12, a judge will give consideration to their preference; the older the child the more weight it is given.

In making its determination, the court will look to many factors in deciding where a minor child should live. It will look at the child's relationship with their parents, the reason for the child's wanting the change, the income/education of each parent, etc.

For additional information specific to your situation, you should consult directly with an attorney who specializes in custody cases.


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