• can a child just decide to move to Colorado at some point? And how would they go about finding out where to live and whom to live with? I'm kidding BTW. In Canada, though don't quote me on this, I believe after a certain age, maybe 14, it's decided in court with the input of the child, as well as with any evidence from either parent to base what their opinion of the child's placement should be. Totally unhelpful...sorry!
  • Generally, a child never gets a complete say. The job of the court is to decide what is in the best interest of the child, and where the child wants to live is not necessarily in the best interest of the child. A court will give more weight to the wishes of a child when they are older, but the ultimate decision is generally up to the court.
  • A Child's Choice: What Is The Right Age For A Child To Choose Which Parent To Live With? The child can demand Joint Custody of them, and not the other way around. They can be told that the children need to remain in the home and each parent can live there for three weeks, than switch. Once a week the parent not in residence takes the children out to dinner. While in the home, the parent does not date or have overnight guests, other than relatives. On the off weeks, the parent rents a room, stays with relatives or friends, or they can split the cost of a one bedroom apartment that they share. The priority here is the children not having their lives disrupted by the choices of the parents. The parents' lives are equally disrupted and they split the cost of being in the home. If child support is ordered, both parents can pay into a trust fund that pays out to cover the children’s expenses. Anything over and above those expenses remains there to collect interest and goes toward a college education. When the children are grown, and completely out of the home, than the property can be sold or whatever the parents want to do with it. This is called Bird Nest Custody. The children remain in the nest and the bird take turns being there.

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