What is the legal age for a child to chose which parent they want to live with?

In the state of Arkansas

According to the website listed below, they can choose at 12. I think thats kind of the age that they start taking the child's preferences into consideration. The final decision still lies with the judge though.
um in usa i think its 18
18 it's always 18
I honestly think it is 13, but I am sure there could be different circumstances in each case.
hmmm i think 12
Not sure about arkansas but i know i got to choose when i was 13 in the state of GA.
12 I live in arkansas 2 so I got told this so many times. Your avatar reminds me of my friends anna's?
you mean like when they divorce? I dont think they have to be a certain age, they just have to know which one they really want to live with. (unless one perents on drugs or something)
i think its 16 or 18. but when i was in 3rd grade( i am a freshmen now) i told my mom i didn't want to live with her anymore and moved in with my dad. Due to legal rights, my little brother had to come too. He still wishes he didn't have to. He can't wait until he can move in with my mom again. I don't like my mom very much.
I think it is 14. At 18, like some people said here, you are not a 'child' and they can live where they want (not necessarily with either parent).
This vaires from state to state, but generally a family court judge will listen to what a child wants by 12 & up. This depends on their maturity somewhat as well.
i think its 16 years old
It depends jurisdiction to jurisdiction. I believe (don't quote me) that when kids reach a mature age (14? usually?) courts can ask the kid their preference, and take that into account when balancing the "best interests of the child" to determine custody (including family, roots, activities, parent best able to care, etc.) In some statse there may be a presumption that the kid's choice is in her best interests. I don't think there are any (or too many) jurisdictions that simply go with the kid's choice at a blanket age (that is, if the kid is under 18.)
it doesnt go by state... its the whole country and its 18. but when they are 16 most parents give them a chance to choose (or re-choose if are they are already living with one parent). But until they are 18 it basically up to the parents and the court.
18 in most states, however at about 16 you can petition the courts to be emancipated from your parent/parents .....
I dont think he child gets to choose until they are an adult, but i would hope that the parents would be considerate enough to let them choose.
Generally, there is no such age. The child does not choose the custodial parent; instead, the court makes the determination, based on the "best interests of the child." If the child was very young, like just a few months or years old, the court would not have the child testify, just because the process would be very confusing and traumatizing for the child. As the child gets older, the child's view carries more weight. However, other things can count against the child's views. For example, a child might be 17 but still the victim of such mental or physical abuse that she chooses to be with an abusive parent, in which case the judge would discount the child's view somewhat. Finally, after the child turns 18, she is an adult, and can choose to live with whoever they want to live with (or to live on their own) -- but that is just a matter of choice, not custody.
Call your Local County Extension of the States Attorney...!

Most states... it is between 12- and - 14! For normal situations!

Mostly... the Child... will always... choose. the Easiest Parent!

The ONE... that they Can GET AWAY.. with What they Want!

Thanks, RR
i dont know but u can put in arkansas and u will find ur answer
i believe in most states your parent that has custody has the descion until your 18. how ever if you plea with the courts you can become an emancipated minor as young as 16.
Once they reach the legal age of majority, they are allowed to make this decision for themselves. Prior to achieving legal age of majority, courts MAY listen to a child's desires, but are not obligated to grant them what they want. It is still up to the court and what the judge views as being in the child's best interests.

AGE OF MAJORITY - The age when a person acquires all the rights and responsibilities of being an adult. In most states, the age is 18.

The time when the law allows persons to do acts which, for want of years, they were prohibited from doing before.

For males, before they arrive at fourteen years they are said not to be of discretion; at that age they may consent to marriage and choose a guardian. Twenty-one years is full age for all private purposes, and the may then exercise their rights as citizens by voting for public officers; and are eligible to all offices, unless otherwise provided for in the constitution. At 25, a man may be elected a representative in Congress; at 30, a senator; and at 35, he may be chosen president of the United States. He is liable to serve in the militia from 18 to 45. inclusive, unless exempted for some particular reason.

As to females, at 12, they arrive at years of discretion and may consent to marriage; at 14, they may choose a guardian; and 21, as in males, is fun Age, when they may exercise all the rights which belong to their sex.
A child can choose to live with either parent at ANY age its a matter of the parents going to court to change the custody outcome. A lot of times the Probate court makes their decision of who the child lives with based on several factors: the parent's employment at the time of the decision, living conditions, social life.then they decide which parent seems more reasonably stable to support both themselves and a child. If the child so chooses to to live with one parent over another the child has that right to so say.but the parent that the child is looking to live with has to prove to the court that they are stable enough to support the said child.
Depending on the judge you get, as early as six. Or, when the child has assessed as with the ability to make that decision. Judges vary in their views about these matters. Courts view custody battles, for sole paternal rights, as a last resort. For example, abuse, violence, drugs, and felonys.
However, in custody cases, if the child is older it may be to your advantage. In real life, it will depend on the circumstance and conditions as the all deciding rule of thumb.
I always thought that the child got to choose which parent they wanted to live with at any age. Or at least the one that is more stable. I know that if a child is being abused in one household, they go to another household (at least that's the way its supposed to work, but it doesn't always). Otherwise I would say around the ages of 12-14 since they're old enough to decide on their own.
most likely 12, because then they arent really 'children' anymore, they are adolesent and they know what they want and where they'd be happiest.
well you will want to check with the state, In texas you are considered an Adult at the age of 17. but you still have to go to school and you cannot gamble or buy cigrettes but if you were to move out your parents would have no say as long as you went to school. and the state treats you as one. so if you wrere to comit a crime you would go to jail, not juvie.
The child doesn't choose The court does. The older the child is, the more they will take the child's wishes into consideration, but the court has the final word on custody.
How old? It depends on the maturity of the child and that is handled on a case-by-case basis.
18 - it's universal.

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