Can a child decide which parent he wants to live with?
It is absolutely wrong to assume or tell a child that they get to decide where he or she will live once they turn 12 years old. Once your child turns 18 and is a legal adult, then a custody order does not apply and they can decide where to live. The closer your child gets to age 18, the more he or she has a say.
Can a 12 year old decide which parent to live with in California?
It’s important to understand that just because the law permits a child to express an opinion doesn’t mean the judge has to follow the child’s preference. Children can’t choose where to live until they are 18 years old.
What can affect child custody?
Factors Affecting Child Custody and VisitationWho’s a parent the child has stronger emotional ties. The child’s emotional health is equally important to their general health and wellness. The mental and physical wellbeing of parents. The parents’ financial situations. The parent the child prefers more. The wishes of the parents. Allegations of domestic violence.