Marengo, OH asked in Family Law for Ohio

Q: At what age can my child choose what parent he wants to live with in Ohio ?

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Lee Thompson
Lee Thompson
  • Lancaster, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: There is no specific age. Years ago, Ohio set the age of election at 12 but the court could still overrule a child. What the court is looking at now to consider a child's wishes, are in a shorthand way, the maturity and reasoning ability of the child. There is no specific age. A 10 year old may be one the court will listen to but a 14 year old may be found not to have the capability to do so. Still, the final decision rests with the judge.

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