Can a Child Choose Which Parent They Want To Live With?

In this video, New Jersey divorce attorney Bart Lombardo answers the frequently asked question of “Can a child choose which parent they want to live with”.

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Question:

Can a child choose which parent they want to live with?

Answer:

If you’re here, you might be involved in a custody dispute in the state of New Jersey. Sometimes people ask me if their children can have an input into the decision-making process as to where they want to live.Can a Child Choose Which Parent They Want To Live With?The shorter answer is it depends. The courts are allowed to consider the children’s wishes in any custody determination, determined on the age of the children. The younger children have much, much less say, if at all, in where they want to reside, as opposed to say a 17-year-old child, who might have a certain bond or connection with one parent over another.


Are you or a loved one dealing with a family law matter and wondering if a child can choose which parent they want to live with? Contact New Jersey child custody lawyer Bart W. Lombardo for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.

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