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At what age can a child decide which parent to live with?

There is no magic age in Florida for a child to make the determination of, do they want to be with mom or dad? It doesn’t work that way in the state. A child’s wishes can be conveyed through certain methods of testimony that your lawyer can advise you of, and those child’s wishes will influence a judge. There are also motions that can be filed in order to permit the child to actually appear in front of the judge, and answer questions posed by councils or the judge in order to make some other determinations about the child and where the child will reside. The bottom line in the State of Florida boils down to, what is in the child’s best interest? Not what’s in mom’s best interest or dad’s best interest. What’s in the child’s best interest?

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