Legal Question in Family Law in Illinois

what age can a child decide for himself in which parent he wants to live with

my son wants to live with me at what age can he make that decision

Asked on 12/25/06, 9:55 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Zedrick Braden III Ainsworth & Associates PC

Re: what age can a child decide for himself in which parent he wants to live with

Hello. Essentially, it will be up to

the Court to determine what is in the

best interest of your son. This is

a great time for you to seek a change

of custody since your son has expressed himself in these terms. Either way, a Court will probably want to appoint a Child Representative/Guardian Ad

Litem to represent the interest of your son. However, to directly answer your question, I would say that

once a child reaches age 15, the child's wishes are given the most consideration. I will be happy to

discuss this with you further.

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Answered on 12/25/06, 11:47 pm


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