Question by  ttock (75)

In a Michigan divorce, does the child choose who to live with?

My sister's kids want to live with their father.


Answer by  MomOf4 (97)

Custody laws in Michigan usually go off of the best interest of the child/children. If they court deems them old enough and mature enough to make an informed decision then the court may indeed listen to what the children want to do and take it into consideration when making a ruling.


Answer by  Smythe (81)

Each state is different and I'm not really sure if in any state in the United States if a child can decided who they want to live with. That is why the Family Court system has Law Guardians because Law Guardians are to investigate and decide which parent is more fit to raise the child or children.


Answer by  Fritz (608)

Every state may be different, but I am almost sure that a child has to be 12 years old to choose who they live with.


Answer by  TheAnswerFairy (2345)

Generally, if the kids are teenagers or at least very mature, the judge will take their desired into consideration. If the parent the kids want to live with is clearly incapable of caring for them, they will be sent to the other. The kids' decision is not binding.


Answer by  Huntress (1935)

In Michigan a child must be 18 years old, however, the judge will take into account the wishes of a child using his own judgment to determine whether the child is capable of making such a decision and whether that decision will be in the best interest of the child.

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