Minneapolis, MN asked in Divorce and Family Law for Minnesota

Q: In Minnesota, at what age can my children decide which parent they want to live with?

We are divorced, my kids dread going to stay with their dad and want to stay with me. They are ages 11 and 9.

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Lisa Watson Cyr
Lisa Watson Cyr
  • Oakdale, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: There is no stated age upon which a child is able to decide who they want to live with; however, the reasonable preference of a child is one of the factors the Court will consider in determining what is in the child's best interest. As the child gets older and more mature, the child's preference may be given greater weight by the Court as to the issues of custody and parenting time.

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