At what age can my children decide where they want to live?

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A question I’m often asked is,” At what age can a child decide where he or she wants to live or with which parent?” Florida does not allow a child to make that choice so there is no age at which that choice can be made. The court may consider the wishes of the child in a final determination. However, most judges do not even like to listen to the testimony of a child or children in Florida.

But if the child is determined by the court to be of sufficient responsibility and maturity, it is possible that he or she could express his or her wishes to the court. But there is no automatic age and there is no automatic ability for the child to even speak in court.