This is an excerpt from the book I co-authored, “All About Texas Law and Kids.”
People frequently ask, “When my child turns 12 can’t she decide to come live with me?” This is probably the biggest myth in all of family law.
When a child turns 12, she is entitled to express an opinion about with who she wants to live. The judge still makes the final decision based on the child’s best interest. Before the age of 12, the child has no right to express an opinion in the court proceedings.
A child who is at least 12 years old begins to have opinions, and sometimes strong opinions, about her living environment. The judge remains the final authority on where the child lives so the judge can examine the basis of the child’s choice and her motivations.
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