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When parents your divorced do the kids get to pick what parent they want to live with?

Chelsea Hayes

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Jodi Brooks on August 11, 2018

No, that determination is made by the court determined by an objective opinion of what would be in the best interest of the child. Some parents opt for joint custody with the child spending as close as the amount of equal time with each parent as is possible. When the child reaches the age of majority where they reside (in the united states this can be a minimum age of 18 or 21, depending), the child can make that determination on his own without the permission of the parents or of the order of the court. However, the child is always free to make their wishes to the judge, either in court when custody/visitation is being decided or request a modification to the original order by requesting a meeting with the judge, writing a letter to the judge expressing their wishes, or to hire an attorney or a guardian ad litem to speak for them. The judge will take into consideration the wishes of the child, and, in general, the older the child, the more importance is given to these desires. Ultimately, however, the judge of the rule, depending on what he or she feels that it would be in the best interest of the child.


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