We often receive calls from people who want to modify their custody schedule because they believe their child is “old enough to decide where he or she wants to live.” It is a very common misconception that there is a law in Missouri that states that a child can chose to live with mom or dad at a specific age.
In reality, no such law exists. In Missouri, custody determinations are made based upon the “best interests of the child.” The statute in Missouri also lists several factors that the Court must consider, including:
Even though your child’s wishes are taken into consideration, they are just one of many factors the Court uses when making a custody determination. In our experience, children older than 12 are more likely to be listened to than a younger child.
With a combined 30 years in family law, the attorneys at Jones Family Law Group, LLC, will provide the legal guidance you need. For questions or to schedule a confidential consultation, call 314-449-8830.
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