Your children can decide where they want to live once the court determines that they are mentally and emotionally mature enough to make the decision. It’s not tied to a specific age. There’s no legal cut off where they say, “Okay at 13 they’re going to be able to make that decision for themselves.” The court will order a visitation arrangement, and the parents are going to be required to make their best efforts to make the child stick to that order. However, if there is an issue, later it can be brought to the court’s attention, and at that point the court can make a decision based off of what the child believes if it deems that the child is capable of making that call. Once again, there’s no hard and fast rule as to what age this is going to happen.




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