At what age can a child choose a custodial parent in Florida? 5 Answers as of April 04, 2013

At what age can a child choose a custodial parent in Florida?

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CHANNELL LAW FIRM | WARREN T CHANNELL
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Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 4/4/2013
McGuire Law Offices | John Smitten
Kids cannot choose.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 4/4/2013
The Trabin Law Firm, P.L.
The Trabin Law Firm, P.L. | Eric J. Trabin
They can't. A child over 14 can provide input as to whom they would reside with, but they don't get to choose. Ultimately, the decision would be the court's or preferably the parents would agree.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 4/3/2013
Sheri Smallwood, Chartered
Sheri Smallwood, Chartered | Sheri Smallwood
So long as the child remains a minor, under the age of 18 years, there is no age when the child is allowed to choose with which parent he or she will live. As the child gets older, and more mature, he or she may be able to express a preference with respect to his or her living arrangements, but the child's wishes are not binding on the Court or the parents. If the parents do not agree upon parenting arrangements between themselves, it will be up to the Judge to decide what is in the child's best interests. In making that determination, the Judge may consider the child's expressed wishes, if any, depending on the maturity, intelligence, grades, community history and credibility of the child and the reasons for the child's choice.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 4/3/2013
R. Jason de Groot, P.A
R. Jason de Groot, P.A | R. Jason de Groot
There is no specific age for this and it is only one consideration to be utilized by the court if the child is of sufficient understanding. There are many more factors which are more important than the child's choice.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 4/3/2013
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