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At What Age can My Child Choose Which Parent to Live With?


There are two types of child custody in the state of Texas:

  • Joint managing conservatorship in which parents work together to decide on major issues
  • Sole managing conservatorship in which only the custodial parent makes decisions regarding most issues

During child custody hearings or as part of your divorce proceedings, the court will determine which of these is in the best interest of all involved children. If the children involved are under the age of 12, only extenuating circumstances such as abuse, neglect, or a history of conflict will impact the court’s decision in this matter. When children are over the age of 12, their wishes, along with other factors, will be considered when determining which parent is awarded primary custody.

Allowing a child’s wishes to be heard does not necessarily mean a 12-year-old is empowered to choose his or her primary residence. However, the child’s wishes will influence the court’s decision and can play a role in determining which parent will maintain primary custody.

Sugar Land child custody and visitation attorney Yasmin Kutty understands how complex and emotionally trying these issues can be, and is dedicated to making child custody proceedings as quick and fair as possible to help your family transition smoothly into this next stage of life.

To schedule your consultation at our Sugar Land office, please contact the Kutty Law Firm online or by calling (713) 955-7477 today.